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Encyclopedia > Canterbury RFU

The Canterbury Rugby Football Union is the official governing body for rugby union in a substantial part of the Canterbury region of New Zealand. The team is based in Christchurch and plays home matches at Jade Stadium. Their historic colours are red and black, with today's jersey being mostly black with red hoops. Rugby Union is a team sport that was developed from the rules used to play football at Rugby School in England. ... The New Zealand region of Canterbury mostly comprises the Canterbury Plains. ... Christchurch is a city on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. ... Jade Stadium, formerly known as Lancaster Park is a sports stadium situated in Christchurch. ...


Canterbury's senior side competes in Division One of the country's domestic competition, the National Provincial Championship. They have won the NPC five times (1977, 1983, 1997, 2001, 2004). Also, they have won the Ranfurly Shield, the country's challenge trophy, 11 times, and are the current holders, having won the "Log of Wood" on 5 September 2004 against Bay of Plenty. The National Provincial Championship (NPC) is New Zealands principal domestic rugby union competition. ... The Ranfurly Shield, colloquially known as the Log of Wood, is perhaps the most prestigious trophy in New Zealands domestic rugby union competition. ... September 5 is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years). ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Canterbury players make up the core of the Crusaders, the most successful team in the history of the Super 14, with five overall wins in the competition's 10 seasons to date. The Crusaders (originally known as the Canterbury Crusaders) are a New Zealand Rugby Union team based in Christchurch, New Zealand, Jade Stadium, and representing the Nelson Bays, Marlborough, Buller, West Coast, Canterbury, Mid Canterbury and South Canterbury unions. ... Super 12, or Super 14 as it shall be known from 2006, is a Rugby Union championship competed for by teams from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. ...

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Notable players

The union has produced countless players for New Zealand's storied national team, the All Blacks. The All Blacks are the national rugby union representative team of New Zealand. ...

Former

Todd Blackadder (born September 20, 1971) was a prominent and popular New Zealand rugby player in the 1990s. ... Justin Marshall, MNZM, (born August 5, 1973) is a New Zealand Rugby player. ... Andrew Mehrtens (born 28 April 1973 in Durban, South Africa) is a New Zealand rugby union player who has been one of the top fly-halves (or first five-eighths) in the world since the advent of the sports professional era in the mid-1990s. ...

Current

Daniel Carter (born 5 March 1982 in Leeston) is a rugby union player from New Zealand. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... Richard Richie McCaw (born December 31, 1980) is a New Zealand Rugby player. ... Reuben Thorne (born January 2, 1975) is a New Zealand rugby union player, and former captain of the national team, the All Blacks. ...

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