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The Ranfurly Shield by the numbers

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James Mortimer     01 Sep 2013     Getty Images

1856

The year Uchter John Mark Knox was born, and the 5th Earl of Ranfurly, who would become Governor General of New Zealand, created the Shield.

1

Design change for the Shield. It was originally intended to be a Cup.

1904

The year of the first defence of the Shield, with Wellington becoming the first winner at Auckland’s expense.

4

The number of times Wellington defended the Shield before losing it to Auckland.

1976

The year the NPC was created, thus created annual challenges based on the season draw.

1994

When a 90 year-old Shield was restored to its former beauty.

148

The record number of defences in total, achieved by Auckland, with Canterbury second on the list with 129 successful repelled challenges.

16

Number of times Auckland has won the Shield, with Canterbury again second with 14 reigns.

61

The number of times Auckland defended the Shield from 1985 to 1993, the longest ever tenure.

16

The number of times the Shield has passed hands since the change of the millennium.

16

The number of unions that have held the Shield.

14

The number of times Canterbury defended the Shield between 2004 and 2006. No team has had a ‘double digit’ reign since.

1

Number of times Manawatu, Marlborough, North Harbour, Manawhenua and Bay of Plenty have held the Shield.

1

The numbers of times South Canterbury has successfully defended the Shield, despite holding it on two occasions.

56

Number of years Otago had to wait before winning the Shield.

1969

The last time Hawke’s Bay held the Shield.

7

The winning margin for Otago, beating Waikato 26-19 to win the Shield last weekend in Hamilton.

1

Number of capped All Blacks in Otago’s Shield winning team (Tom Donnelly).

3

Number of challenges remaining if Otago repels the Magpies. Manawatu, Southland and Auckland still to come.