Canterbury Rugby Union
Nickname(s) Red and Blacks (unofficial)
Founded 1879
Ground AMI Stadium (formerly Jade Stadium; Lancaster Park)
Capacity 36,500
Chairman Flag of New Zealand David Rhodes
Coach Flag of New Zealand Rob Penney
League Air New Zealand Cup
2006 Quarter-finalists

The Canterbury Rugby Football Union (CRFU) is the official governing body for rugby union in a substantial part of the Canterbury region of New Zealand, and is affiliated with the New Zealand Rugby Football Union. The team is based in Christchurch and plays home matches at AMI Stadium. Their historic colours are red and black, with today's jersey being mostly black with red hoops.

Canterbury in Super RugbyEdit

Main article: Crusaders (rugby)

Canterbury players make up the core of the Crusaders, the most successful team in the history of Super Rugby, with six overall wins in the competition's eleven seasons. Canterbury and the Crusaders also share the same home ground at AMI Stadium, and the same colours, red and black.

Ranfurly ShieldEdit

Canterbury are the current holders of the Ranfurly Shield, defeating Waikato by 33–20, only one week after Waikato took the shield from North Harbour. In their next home fixture in the Air New Zealand Cup, they successfully defended the "Log of Wood" against Hawke's Bay, winning 44–6. Canterbury's next defence will be against Auckland on 29 September in the final round of Air New Zealand Cup pool play. If successful, Canterbury will retain the Log until 2008, as the competition rules state that Shield challenges cannot take place during knockout rounds in either the Air New Zealand Cup or the country's second-tier domestic competition, the Heartland Championship.

Representative RugbyEdit

Canterbury's senior side competes in the Air New Zealand Cup, the successor to the Premier Division of the country's former domestic competition, the National Provincial Championship (NPC). They won the NPC five times (1977, 1983, 1997, 2001, 2004). Canterbury made their exit in the quarter finals of the 2006 competition, losing 23-36 to Wellington.

Notable playersEdit

The union has produced countless players for New Zealand's storied national team, the All Blacks. This includes Andrew Mehrtens, who has the record for the most All Black Test points (967 in 70 Tests). Also of note is Justin Marshall who is the second most capped All Black of all time, with 81 Test caps. Both players now continue to play professionally in the United Kingdom. The current All Blacks backs coach is former Canterbury representative and All Black Wayne Smith.




In 1879, Canterbury Rugby Football Union was the first organised Rugby Union in New Zealand. This came to be after delegates from Christchurch and surrounding areas, such as Ashburton and Timaru met in Timaru to discuss a possible union.

Later on, however, the southern areas (Timaru and Ashburton) broke away, forming their own unions (South Canterbury RFU and Ashburton County - later to be known as Mid Canterbury).

Affiliated ClubsEdit

The following 52 clubs are affiliated to the Canterbury Rugby Football Union:

Notes and referencesEdit

External linksEdit

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