Mid Canterbury Rugby Football Union
|Full name||Mid Canterbury Rugby Football Union|
|Colours||Green and Yellow|
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, 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.
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:
- Mt Somers
Mid Canterbury in Super Rugby
Heartland Championship placings
|Heartland Championship Results|
|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||—|
|9 July 2014||Counties Manukau||46–10||Mid Canterbury||ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe|
|18:00 (NZST)||Try: Dan Hyatt (2)
Con: Jared Page (4/6)
Pen: Jared Page (1/1)
|Report||Try: Jon Sharpe
Con: Murray Williams (1/1)
Pen: Murray Williams (1)
|23 July 2015||Hawke's Bay||57–12||Mid Canterbury||McLean Park, Napier|
|19:35 (NZST)||Try: Jonah Lowe (2)
Con: Ihaia West (5)
Pen: Tyrone Elkington-MacDonald (3)
|Report||Pen: Murray Williams (4)
||Referee: Brendon Pickerill|
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.
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
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