Baskerville Shield

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Baskerville Shield
Baskerville Trophy 2.jpg
Sport Rugby league
Instituted 2002
Number of teams 2
Countries  New Zealand
 England
Holders  England (2015)
Most titles  Great Britain (2 titles)

The Baskerville Shield is a trophy awarded to the winner of rugby league test series between England and New Zealand. It named in honour of Albert Henry Baskerville, who organised the first ever tour by New Zealand of Great Britain in 1907.

The spelling of the trophy is somewhat controversial, as there is much evidence to suggest that Baskiville was the correct spelling of the surname. However, the Rugby Football League used the Baskerville spelling arguing that this was the version used by the man himself.[1]

History[edit]

There is also a trophy with this name awarded to the winner of the National Competition in New Zealand.[2]

The shield was inaugurated for the 2002 New Zealand tour of Great Britain and France. The test series between New Zealand and Great Britain was drawn, with one win each and one draw. The New Zealand Rugby League agreed that Great Britain should keep the inaugural shield because it wasn't won outright.

In the 2007 New Zealand tour of Great Britain and France, Great Britain won the series 3-0 to retain the shield.

In the 2015 New Zealand tour of England, the shield was contested between New Zealand and England as the Great Britain team had been retired in 2007. England won the shield 2-1.

Results[edit]

Year Winners Series Score Runner-up
2002  Great Britain 1–1  New Zealand
2007  Great Britain 3–0  New Zealand
2015  England 2–1  New Zealand

References[edit]

  1. ^ [Sean Fagan]. "Albert Baskerville - Or Baskiville?". http://www.rl1908.com/index.htm RL1908. Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-28.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ NZ News UK Albert Baskerville Trophy