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Auckland Rugby Football Union
Founded 1883
Ground Eden Park
Capacity 50,000
Chairman Flag of New Zealand Ken Baguley
CEO Flag of New Zealand Andy Dalton
Coach Flag of Samoa Pat Lam
League Air New Zealand Cup
2006 Semi-finalists
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The Auckland Rugby Football Union (ARFU) is the governing body of rugby union in the Auckland isthmus territorial authority, in the North Island of New Zealand. Its colours are navy blue and white in a hoop design. Auckland's senior representative team plays its home matches at Eden Park.

HistoryEdit

The ARFU was formed in 1883 and is one of New Zealand's most celebrated provincial sides. Its teams are comprised of players from twenty clubs under the union, which play in the Auckland Club Rugby Championship. Auckland's senior (1st Division) team is the most successful side in the history of New Zealand provincial rugby, having won 15 of 25 national titles. Auckland have also produced a greater number of All Blacks than any other province.

Ranfurly ShieldEdit

Auckland have won 152 out of 193 matches defending the Ranfurly Shield, the most coveted prize in New Zealand provincial rugby. Between 14 September 1985 and 18 September 1993, Auckland defended the Ranfurly Shield for 61 consecutive challenges. In the period since the semifinal/final format was introduced to the NPC (predecessor to the Air New Zealand Cup, Auckland competed in 8 of the 14 series, winning all of them. These achievements are all provincial rugby union records.

Auckland in Super RugbyEdit

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Players from Auckland make up the core of the Blues, which competes in the Super 14 competition between teams from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.


ClubsEdit

  • College Rifles Rugby Football Club
  • East Tamaki Rugby Football Club
  • Eden Rugby Football Club
  • Grammar Carlton Rugby Football Club
  • Manukau Rovers Rugby Football Club
  • Marist Brothers Old Boys Rugby Football Club
  • Mt Wellington Rugby Football Club
  • Otahuhu Rugby Football Club
  • Pakuranga Rugby Football Club
  • Papatoetoe Rugby Football Club
  • Ponsonby Rugby Football Club
  • Roskill Districts Rugby Football Club
  • Suburbs Rugby Football Club
  • Tamaki Rugby Football Club
  • Te Papapa Onehunga Rugby Football Club
  • Teachers Eastern Rugby Football Club
  • University Rugby Football Club
  • Waiheke Rugby Football Club
  • Waitakere City Sports & Rugby Football Club
  • Waitemata Rugby Football Club

Notable playersEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. NZPA. Rugby: Evans signs with Auckland "New Zealand Herald", July 24th 2007. Accessed July 24 2007.

External linksEdit

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