Not all comments posted. The only Official ORFU Facebook page for Men and Women's Otago Club and School Rugby. Unfortunately Hawke's Bay rained on Otago's parade with an epic 20-19 victory in the first shield defence on 1 September. Nicknamed ‘The House of Pain’ by those marketing Otago rugby in the professional era, Carisbrook was a tough venue for visiting teams.

Following another victory over Southland in 1947, Otago held the shield for a union record of 18 defences. We have 1 event in history, 17 biographies, 7 articles, related to Regional rugby. Playing very much in the Cavanagh style, Otago were one of the most consistent teams of the 1990s, winning two national championships and finishing runners-up three times. Otago have been overall Champions twice, winning the titles in 1991 and 1998. Their home playing colours are navy blue. Sixty years would pass before the two southern unions met again in the Ranfurly Shield. They play their home games at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin in the Otago region. Along with North Otago and Southland, Otago is part of the Highlanders Super Rugby franchise.

Richard Knight played a record 170 games for Otago between 1981 and 1992. 3,376 talking about this. Sport Between 1935 and 1950 Otago and Southland had a stranglehold on the Ranfurly Shield, trading possession of the coveted Log o’ Wood. This site is produced by the Research and Publishing Group of the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

But frustration at the Home unions’ indifference to the colonial game and its inability to play matches against unions affiliated with the national body led Otago to join the NZRFU in 1895. Otago won the match 18–12. Andrew Mehrtens kicked the penalty and Canterbury won 22–20. His teammate Greg Cooper scored a record 1520 points for the union between 1984 and 1996, as well as 63 points for the All Blacks in seven tests.

1908, Last spike completes North Island main trunk railway, Home Having defeated Canterbury in the last challenge of 1935, the blue and golds defended the shield eight times in 1936 before losing to Southland in the only shield game of 1937. Culture and Society We're also keen to get more regional rugby images - please email us at [email protected] if you can help. In August 2013 Otago's half-century in the Ranfurly Shield wilderness came to an end with a surprise 26-19 victory over Waikato in Hamilton. Add your story to the Community contributions section below. England lost in 1963, Australia in 1972 and 1978, and the Springboks in 1994. Hickey was not included in the original Otago squad, but was named in the side for Round 5. 3.3K likes. Page 28. This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. Their home playing colours are navy blue. The Otago rucking game was honed in the 1950s by Charlie Saxton, who emphasised the three P’s: ‘Position, Possession and Pace’.

Others thought he was only interested in ‘his’ players. Comments will be reviewed prior to posting. Regional rugby Otago Community Rugby, Dunedin.

The All Blacks lost the series 4–0 and Cavanagh remains perhaps the best coach never to have coached the All Blacks. Kevin has been in all aspects rugby for many years as a player, coach, referee and administration to ensure that young people were given the opportunity to participate in a sport and feel part of their community. Subsequent Otago coaches kept up this approach. 'Otago rugby', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 13-Jun-2016, First British rugby tourists take the field. Otago players apparently gave it the nickname because of how much they suffered at practices, but it was soon used to intimidate visiting sides. Richard Knight played a record 170 games for Otago between 1981 and 1992. South Otago rugby … Kevin currently represents the Moeraki constituency as a councillor for the Otago … Otago was leading 20–19 with time almost up when captain David Latta was penalised near his own line by referee Colin Hawke. In over a century of test rugby at the venue it also became a tough venue for visiting teams. Their full list of honours include:[5][6], Players named in the 2020 Otago squad, who also earned contracts or were named in a squad for any side participating in the 2020 Super Rugby season.[7][8][9][10][11].

Until a new stand was built in 1998, the ‘Scotsman’s Grandstand’ – a railway embankment above the ground – offered fans a free view of the ground. The team is affiliated with the Highlanders Super Rugby franchise. Facebook Follow us on … Otago’s 2010 Ranfurly Shield challenge against Southland was the 232nd match between the two southern unions. The Log o' Wood proved to be something of a hot potato with the Bay losing it to Counties-Manukau six days later. NZR Update: COVID-19 Community Rugby Participation in New Zealand . It was also Ellison who suggested that the national side wear a plain black jersey with a silver fern. During the press conference to announce the 2020 squad, it was confirmed that Sam Gilbert, James Lentjes, Saula Ma'u and Thomas Umaga-Jensen were unavailable due to injury. "Otago name Nasi Manu, Josh Hohneck and Jamie Mackintosh in squad", "Wellington v Otago, Mitre 10 Cup at Sky Stadium, 10th October", "National Provincial Championship winners, 1976–2014", "Crusaders announce new-look 2020 Investec Super Rugby squad", "Highlanders Reveal Refreshed Squad for 2020", "All Black winger Milner-Skudder to join Highlanders Squad", "Your Landers squad that will travel to South Africa and Argentina ",, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 9 October 2020, at 20:36.