Shield coming home - to Dannevirke
Dannevirke residents are set to see a piece of provincial rugby history tomorrow when the Ranfurly Shield heads to the Tararua town.
Hawke's Bay have been parading the shield since stripping it from Otago on the weekend, just a week after the southerners took the iconic rugby trophy off Waikato.
Hawke's Bay Rugby Union commercial manager Jay Campbell said the shield would be on display at the Dannevirke Sports Centre in Anderson St from about 3pm.
''We're encouraging everyone to get down there and have a look at the shield.
''The town has a long history of being involved in shield challenges with us.''
Magpies midfielder Adam Bradey is from Dannevirke and Campbell said taking the shield there was a great way to grow interest in rugby.
''It is important that we continue to encourage rugby in these areas, because they are an important part of what makes up the Hawke's Bay DNA.''
Not all of the team would make it to Dannevirke though, as they have to defend the shield against Counties-Manukau on Saturday.
''A few of the guys have been going around, but the team are conscious of the fact that they have a big game on Saturday and they need to go out and win,'' Campbell said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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