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Taranaki's first challenge was against Auckland in 1906 but, in September 1913 it beat Auckland before defending it six times in 1914 before losing to Wellington. Nowadays, all these ex-players who get chosen just don’t do it for me.

Just as the 1949 All Blacks couldn’t counter Hennie Muller and marauding loose forward aggressive defense, so too the 1956 Springboks couldn’t cope with the up-and-under kick and New Zealand style rucking. Canterbury and Taranaki didn't meet in 2019 and on the last occasion they met, Canterbury extracted a form of revenge when completing a 41-7 win. It was in fact only due to a fortunate coincidence of a diminished in-goal area that South Africa did not lose the match. The selectors picked the team with a mind on the third test but it was -in his opinion- the experimental selection of the still injured Montini and Howe that hindered the Springbok backline in their attempts to handle the pressure exerted upon them by the Taranaki team. Ferdinand had his chest boasting and Lodge published a cartoonist national apology for underestimating them and immortalised in the process the splendid performance of the Taranaki crop of ’56 into national consciousness. Taranaki Whio is the women's representative side that was reintroduced in 2018 to compete in the Farah Palmer Cup. The Taranaki pack in essence not only won the race to the breakdowns but also dominated the collisions in no uncertain way. The future challengers are potentially lucrative games against Wellington, (October 3), Waikato (October 18), Otago (October 30) and Auckland (November 13). M standing for: Price writes that the backline was slowed down by the muddy conditions but that the selections made for this match contributed much to the Springboks struggling performance. Some more from Kimbo. Canterbury is also the side that has been most successful in challenges, winning 16 times, once more than Auckland while Taranaki has been successful in six challenges. [26] Below is a list of New Zealand national rugby union players along with their number and year of debut in brackets. They began with a brown coloured jersey before adopting the amber and black hoops in 1892.

[4] They claimed the national title for the first time in their history with a win over Tasman in the 2014 ITM Cup.[5]. Notable players included Paul Rauhihi, Iva Ropati and Artie Shead.[4]. Taranaki’s special hero was Bayly (No15) not only because he scored the team’s points but for his outstanding exhibition of fullback play. Taranaki was officially established in 1889 after a team chosen from the surrounding clubs in existence played as Egmont in 1885. While Canterbury played the second challenge for the Shield, against Wellington in 1904, it had to wait until the end of the 1927 season before it got its hands on the trophy when beating Manawhenua. No one in Christchurch will be taking a challenge from Taranaki for the Shield lightly. Back then we had some wonderful commentators. Taranaki won against Otago for them to, later on, go a 13-match tenure. You have to be more focused, and concentrate 100% of the time, compared to TV, and you are not just a passive recipient in terms of ‘picturing’ what is being brodcast. Established in 1889, they represent the Mitre 10 Cup side, Taranaki Bulls, and Farah Palmer Cup side, Taranaki Whio. Montini (being picked way to soon after his injury culminating in him re-injuring his hamstring muscle to the extent that it was the end of his tour). Willie Southorn, 11. New Zealand Rugby MuseumReference: F 1000Permission of the New Zealand Rugby Museum must be obtained before any re-use of this image. New Zealand had lost so much face in the second test at Wellington that it was difficult to feel any degree of confidence over the matches of the rest of the tour. 8 Peter Burke celebrates taking the Ranfurly Shield off Otago in 1957. Taranaki competed in the very first season of provincial rugby league in New Zealand. Burke made the obvious retort: 'Charlie, you can say what you like, we've got the shield.'. [2] This ended in October 2012 when Waikato won the last challenge of the season. It then had to wait until 1957 when it beat Otago to claim the Shield. Otago had been favourites to retain the shield and many were surprised by Taranaki's 11-9 victory. The key for either player to be influential is the quality of ball they receive from their forwards, and both packs are fit to rank among the best in the country. Taranaki has produced 83 men's New Zealand internationals to date. In 2010, they joined the NZRL National Competition from the defunct Bartercard Premiership. ), let alone the selections, but the scores from the 1956 series – 10-6, 3-8, 17-10, and 11-5 – and the players roll off their tongues like it was yesterday. Taranaki captain and No. Salty du Rand started bleeding profusely from stiches he received after the second test but he Pickard and Koch answered fire with fire and was the reason why South Africa were able to secure a draw.

They had pushed Canterbury close several times in the preceding seasons. They managed to compete in most games, winning two and with two draws.

They were coached by Teri Tamati, Allan Marshall and Howard Tamati over the three years of the competition. During the amateur period, the team won the Ranfurly Shield on four occasions.

Taranaki RFU has several teams under its control, one of note is the Taranaki Bulls who compete in New Zealand's national rugby union competition the Mitre 10 Cup.

Can you tell us more about the information on this page? [23] Their traditional colors are amber and black hoops with white shorts, with Canterbury of New Zealand being the main manufacturer. Tony Kemp, 7. It was before TV, so you would listen to the game on the radio in the afternoon (if you didn’t go to the local game – in the pre-TV days if a test was being played in Christchurch, there would also be major provincial games in Auckland, and Wellington etc at the same time), then get the full report and photos and background colour in the Saturday evening papers.

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He was also manager, president, chairman and club captain, and served on the Taranaki Rugby Football Union management committee from 1973-79, and as a Taranaki selector from 1972-77. By any standards, this was great forward play. Rising lock Tupou Vaa'i will face a tough battle against veteran All Black Sam Whitelock while Canterbury has an impressive front row with All Blacks Joe Moody and Codie Taylor while Taranaki can call on Ben May, Reuben O'Neill and Ricky Riccitelli. [24] The 2020 squad for the Farah Palmer Cup is coached by former Taranaki men's representative Brendan Haami. This site is produced by the Research and Publishing Group of the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Taranaki won the ITM Cup Premiership in 2014.

And the frustration for the holders is that there will be a lack of support due to Covid-19 restrictions. It held it through nine challenges in 1958 and four more in 1959 before losing it to Southland.

They currently compete in the NZRL National Competition (Zonal team) and the Rugby League Cup (District team).

It held it through nine challenges in 1958 and four more in 1959 before losing it to Southland. Two years later 36,000 people were on hand to watch France defeat the side 11-9.

Bertus van der Merwe was South Africa’s man of the match with 10 tight-heads. This game against Taranaki underlined the fact that despite their many misfortunes, the Springboks had serious flaws, and didn’t deserve to win the 1956 series. For the third time in a decade, the Ranfurly Shield is heading to Dunedin - not a bad record, given it took them over 55 years to recapture the coveted 'Log o' Wood' between 1957 and 2013.

The Springbok team arrived in New Plymouth in high spirits after winning the second test and constructing an impressive win against Wanganui – scoring 7 splendid tries.

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