Dave Gallaher Trophy

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Dave Gallaher Trophy
Sport Rugby union
Founded 2000
No. of teams 2
Country  France
 New Zealand
Most recent champion(s)  New Zealand

The Dave Gallaher Trophy is a rugby union trophy, contested between France and New Zealand and named after Dave Gallaher, the famous 1905–06 All Black captain who was killed in Belgium during World War I.

History[edit]

When it comes to rugby, France and New Zealand have a very rich common history. France played their first ever test match in 1906 against the famous "Originals" New Zealand team, on their way home after an eventful tour of the British Isles.

Between 1906 and 1999 both teams met a total of 34 times, New Zealand winning 25 times and France 9, including two games in the Rugby World Cup with New Zealand winning the 1987 final and France taking their revenge in the semi-final 12 years later in what remains one of the most famous upsets in the sport's history.

In 2000 it was decided that a new trophy would be created to emphasize the two teams' great rivalry. The trophy would be named after Dave Gallaher, the charismatic captain of the 1906 New Zealand team, who died 11 years later on French soil during World War I.

Challenges and defences[edit]

The Dave Gallaher Trophy is based on a challenge system, the holding union must defend the trophy in challenge matches, and if the other union defeats them, they become the new holder of the trophy. If both teams draw then the holder retains the trophy.

Rugby World Cup games between both teams - such as the 2003 RWC 3rd place play-off won by New Zealand or the 2007 RWC quarter final won by France - do not qualify as challenge matches.

France won the 2009 challenge 37–36 on aggregate score over two matches, having won the first test 27–22 and lost the second 10–14. The New Zealand team had assumed the series would be drawn if each team won one test, and were upset to discover that aggregate was taken into account, which their coaching staff had deliberately withheld from them.[1]

Results[edit]

Year Date Venue Home Score Away Match

Winner

Trophy

Winner

2013 9 November Stade de France, Paris France  19 – 26  New Zealand  New Zealand New Zealand
2013 22 June Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth New Zealand  24 – 9  France  New Zealand New Zealand
15 June Rugby League Park, Christchurch 30 – 0  New Zealand
8 June Eden Park, Auckland 23 – 13  New Zealand
2009 28 November Stade Vélodrome, Marseille France  12 – 39  New Zealand  New Zealand New Zealand
2009 20 June Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington New Zealand  14 – 10  France  New Zealand France
13 June Carisbrook, Dunedin 22 – 27  France
2007 9 June Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington New Zealand  61 – 10  France  New Zealand New Zealand
2 June Eden Park, Auckland 42 – 11  New Zealand
2006 18 November Stade de France, Paris France  11 – 23  New Zealand  New Zealand New Zealand
11 November Stade de Gerland, Lyon 3 – 47  New Zealand
2004 27 November Stade de France, Paris France  6 – 45  New Zealand  New Zealand New Zealand
2003 28 June Lancaster Park, Christchurch New Zealand  31 – 23  France  New Zealand New Zealand
2002 16 November Stade de France, Paris France  20 – 20  New Zealand Draw New Zealand
2001 30 June Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington New Zealand  37 – 12  France  New Zealand New Zealand
2000 18 November Stade Vélodrome, Marseille France  42 – 33  New Zealand  France New Zealand
11 November Stade de France, Paris 26 – 39  New Zealand

Other trophies[edit]

The All Blacks compete with three other nations for the attribution of a similar kind of trophy. The Bledisloe Cup, versus Australia, being the most famous. The other two are the Freedom Cup against South Africa and the Hillary Shield against England.

As for France, they compete with Australia for the Trophée des Bicentenaires and with Italy for the Garibaldi Trophy.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Robson, Toby (22 June 2009). "When a win's not a win". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 

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