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
Ground(s)
Competition Heartland Championship

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

History[edit]

The Mid Canterbury Rugby Football Union was formed in 1904 as Ashburton Country, first as a sub-union of the South Canterbury Rugby Football Union and then of the Canterbury Rugby Football Union. The union gained full status in 1927, and changed its name to Mid Canterbury in 1952.[1]

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.

Clubs[edit]

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.

Championships[edit]

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 and 2014.

Heartland Championship placings[edit]

Heartland Championship Results[2][3][4][5]
Year Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts Place Playoffs
Qual SF F
2006 8 4 0 4 155 178 −22 3 19 4th Meads Cup Lost 17–30 to Wanganui
2007 8 6 0 2 213 151 +62 4 28 2nd Meads Cup Lost 0–18 to Wanganui
2008 8 7 0 1 225 129 +96 5 33 2nd Meads Cup Won 38–24 against North Otago Lost 12–27 to Wanganui
2009 8 7 0 1 196 133 +63 2 30 1st Meads Cup Won 19–17 against South Canterbury Lost 13–34 to Wanganui
2010 6 5 0 1 179 94 +85 5 25 2nd Meads Cup Lost 24–40 to North Otago
2011 8 6 0 2 180 143 +37 6 26 4th Meads Cup Lost 22–32 to Wanganui
2012 8 3 0 5 158 162 −4 5 17 7th Lochore Cup Lost 20–48 to South Canterbury
2013 8 7 0 1 232 131 +101 5 33 1st Meads Cup Won 28–25 against West Coast Won 26–20 against North Otago
2014 8 5 1 2 258 139 +119 4 26 3rd Meads Cup Won 29–22 against Poverty Bay Won 36–13 against Buller
2015 8 7 0 1 295 228 +67 6 34 2nd Meads Cup Lost 11–26 to Wanganui

Ranfurly Shield[edit]

Mid Canterbury have never held the Ranfurly Shield. Mid Canterbury last challenged for the Shield in July 2015 against Hawke's Bay, but were defeated 57–12.[6]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ McClintock, A.H., ed. (1966). "Rugby union football: history". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Standings (2006–present)". Heartland Championship. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Fixtures and Results (2006–present)". Heartland Championship. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Finalists found in Lochore and Meads Cups". Newshub. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "2010 Lochore and Mead Cups finals wrap". Heartland Championship. 31 October 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Hurndell, Shane (23 July 2015). "Magpies retain Shield in spectacular style". Hawke's Bay Today. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 

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