Swampfoxes Secure ‘Home’ Shield Challenge
Thames Valley have secured a 'home' Ranfurly Shield challenge when Waikato's first defence of the famous Log o Wood in 2016 will be against the Swampfoxes at Paeroa Domain on Queen’s Birthday Weekend (Monday 6 June).

This will be followed by 2 further scheduled challenges against King Country at Bedford Park in Matamata on Saturday 30 July and Wanganui on Saturday 6 August (venue TBC) as part of Waikato’s Mitre 10 Cup pre-season campaign.
Thames Valley have never managed to lift the Ranfurly Shield in their history and last had a challenge in 2014 against Counties Manukau, while King Country and Wanganui’s last attempt was against Taranaki in 2012.
WRU General Manager Blair Foote, who played for Thames Valley against Waikato in the 1994 Ranfurly Shield match before his 17 games for Waikato in 1995-97, said the Waikato Rugby Union is delighted to be able to take the Ranfurly Shield to communities both in and out of the Waikato province.

“It is great we have the chance to take the Ranfurly Shield on the road for the match in Paeroa. We look forward to sharing the experience with our neighbours Thames Valley,” Foote said.

Waikato’s Ranfurly Shield record versus Thames Valley
1952: Won 17-3
1980: Won 16-7
1994: Won 74-3
1999: Won 37-8
The kick off time is yet to be confirmed.


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Small Blacks 2016
The last Small Blacks course for 2016 will take place at:

Whangamata RFC

Wednesday 4th May 2016

6.30pm - 8.30pm

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