The New Zealand shearing team has swept up the major honours at a major contest in Britain.
Shearing their first lambs on tour after four weeks' shearing adult sheep, John Kirkpatrick, of Napier, and Nathan Stratford, of Invercargill, won a test match against Northern Ireland last weekend.
They finished first and second respectively in the Rickamore Shears Open final, in which all five finalists are based in New Zealand.
Third was Te Kuiti shearing legend David Fagan.
Fagan's son, Jack, who has dominated senior class shearing in Britain this season, had to settle for second to Irishman Sean Kerlin in the Rickamore senior final.
Earlier in the tour, Kirkpatrick and Stratford shared a test series 1-1 with Scotland.
They now head to Wales for the final stage of their tour, with the Cothi Shears tomorrow followed by the Lampeter Shears, the Royal Welsh Show and the Corwen Shears.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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