Mid Canterbury Rugby Football Union

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Mid Canterbury
Mid Canterbury Rugby Logo.png
Club information
Full name Mid Canterbury Rugby Football Union
Website www.midcanterburyrugby.co.nz
Colours Green and Yellow
Founded 1904
Current details
Competition Heartland Championship

The Mid Canterbury Rugby Football Union (MCRFU) is a rugby province in the South Island of New Zealand.


The Mid Canterbury Rugby Football Union was formed in 1904 as Ashburton Country when it broke away from the Canterbury Rugby Football Union. The union changed its name to Mid Canterbury in 1927.

Representative Rugby[edit]

The Mid Canterbury team play from Ashburton Showgrounds, Ashburton and in the 2006 season are in Pool B of the Heartland Championship. They are seeded 9th for the Championship as they finished 5th in the 3rd division in 2005.


Mid Canterbury Rugby Football Union is made up of 9 clubs:

  • Allenton
  • Celtic
  • Collegiate
  • Hampstead
  • Methven
  • Mt Somers
  • Rakaia
  • Southern
  • Tinwald

Mid Canterbury in Super Rugby[edit]

Mid Canterbury along with Canterbury, Tasman, Buller, South Canterbury and West Coast make up the Crusaders Super Rugby franchise.


Mid Canterbury won the 2nd division South Island in 1980,1983 and the 3rd division in 1994 and 1998, and the Meads Cup in 2013.

Heartland Championship placings[edit]

Heartland Championship Results[1]
Year Played Win Draw Loss PF PA Diff BP Points Place Playoffs
2006 8 4 0 4 155 178 -22 3 19 4th lost 17-30 Wanganui (Meads Cup)
Mid Canterbury

8 28 5 33

Ranfurly Shield[edit]

Mid Canterbury have never held the Ranfurly Shield.

Hanan Shield[edit]

The Hanan Shield is one of the most prestigious trophy in New Zealand's domestic rugby union competition. First played for in 1946, the Hanan Shield is based on a challenge system played between North Otago, South Canterbury and Mid Canterbury.

All Blacks[edit]

There have only been 3 players selected for the All Blacks whilst playing their club rugby in Mid Canterbury.

  • D.H Cameron
  • R.G Perry
  • J.C Ross


  1. ^ "Heartland Championship Tables". Lassen Creative Technologies Ltd. Retrieved 8 May 2006. 

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