April 2015 Archive
Vodafone WarriorsRead more
Vodafone Warriors compete in the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership and are the League's only team from outside Australia.
Founded in 1995 as the Auckland Warriors, the team over the past seventeen seasons have seen their fair share of success and failure. The Warriors have claimed one minor premiership (2000), reached two Grand Finals(2002 and 2011), reached the play-offs 7 times, and provided the majority of the New Zealand national team's players.
The Vodafone warriors are a growing club and Canterbury of New Zealand are proud to be on that journey with them.
Auckland Rugby's history is marked by occasional failures and rousing triumphs. They frequently led in innovation and independence: embracing sponsorship's and commercial partnerships while adjusting to professionalism. Auckland is the most successful provincial rugby union team in Air New Zealand Cup/NPC history, winning the title a 16 times.
Auckland have also excelled of the field, producing so many strong willed leaders, coaches, and players. This includes a record 181 All Blacks and the epic Ranfurly Shield reign, which started in 1985,lasted 63 matches and didn't end until 1993. Even today this remains the record for consecutive Shield defences.
North HarbourRead more
The North Harbour Rugby Union was formed in 1985 and is already the fourth largest Union in New Zealand. With 12 clubs, it covers the whole of the North Shore City, the Massey Club in Waitakere City to the Rodney District. For more than 30 years, North Harbour has consistently produced significant numbers of national team players.
After 10 previous unsuccessful challenges for the Ranfurly Shield – most notably 1996 when they challenged for it three times in six weeks against Taranaki, Waikato and Auckland – North Harbour succeeded in their eleventh. On 24 September 2006 they beat the previous holders Canterbury 21-17 at Jade Stadium in Christchurch. It is this never give up attitude which we are very proud to be associated with.
Otago RugbyRead more
Otago Rugby has played a leading role in the development of rugby in New Zealand since its creation in 1881. Some of the great names of New Zealand rugby have been Otago men, including Tom Ellison, Jimmy Duncan and Ben Smith.
Otago has long been recognised as one of the four leading provinces. Indeed, since the National Provincial Championship began in 1976 (now the ITM Cup), Otago have won it twice – in 1991 and in 1998. Otago won the Ranfurly shield in 2013, the first time since 1957. When any team faces up against the Blue and Golds they know it’s going to be a long day at the office.
QLD State of OriginRead more
The QLD State Of Origin team have proudly represented the state of Queensland since the sports inception there in 1908. Nicknamed the 'Maroons', they play almost exclusively in Australia's annual three-match 'State of Origin Series' against neighbouring state New South Wales. It is one of the most highly anticipated tournaments in the world.
Canterbury of New Zealand is proud to sponsor Queensland and their participation in the State of Origin Series.
New South Wales WaratahsRead more
The New South Wales Waratahs compete in the Super 15 Rugby, the southern hemisphere's premier provincial competition. From humble beginnings in the late 19th century to the excitement of today's competition, the Waratahs always show spirit, passion and pride in the sky blue jersey. 2006 and 2010 were particularly successful years with the Waratahs making the semi-finals, and narrowly missing out against the Hurricanes and the Stomers. The 2010 season saw them undefeated at home with five victories at the Sydney Football Stadium and a first ever win at the ANZ Stadium.
The Waratahs also secured a super rugby championship in 2014, the first of hopefully many for the Tahs. The team also scored its highest number of points in a Super 14 season (391), with a record number of tries (45). And there was a record-breaking crowd of 40,271 supporters at one game – Australia's biggest Super 14 crowd since 2004.
Northland is situated at the most northern tip of New Zealand. The rugby club was founded in 1920 and they play their games at Okara Park (Toll Stadium). With their first Ranfurly shield win in 1950, Northland have experienced multiple more shield wins and have fiercely competed in the ITM cup.
Founded in 1885 Taranaki’s amber and black colours are feared and known around New Zealand. Taranki All Blacks include Beauden Barrett, Chris Masoe (2005) and Andrew Hore. They won the ITM cup in 2014 for the first time. Canterbury is extremely happy to be in partnership with such a powerhouse in New Zealand rugby.
From their small population, Southland consistently produces exceptional rugby talent. Founded in 1887, after splitting from Otago, Southland has enjoyed success in the Ranfurly shield winning it a number of times, more notably throughout 2009-2011. Canterbury are proud to sponsor one of the founding clubs in New Zealand rugby heritage.
England RugbyRead more
Since the first International match on Monday 27 March 1871 to the present day, English rugby has been steeped in a proud history and has played an integral role in the development and evolution of the sport from its to the present day.
England are currently sitting in 4th in the IRB world rankings and frequently compete in the Six Nations and the Rugby World Cup. Canterbury of New Zealand's sponsorship of England Rugby is an exciting time for both partners who can trace their history over a hundred years, evolving as the sport has.
Both share a rich heritage and similar values, wanting to improve and inspire supporters throughout the world through winning performances. The privileged players selected to wear the iconic red rose today are proud custodians of a tradition stretching back to the beginning of the game. They are the standard-bearers and represent the enduring quality of both England and Canterbury of New Zealand.
Ireland RugbyRead more
Playing their first ever match against England in 1874, rugby union has been an integral part of Irish sporting history. As a nation they have produced great players such as: Willie John McBride, Paul O’Connell, Brian O’Driscoll and Mike Gibson.
Ireland compete annually in the RBS 6 Nations and Canterbury are delighted to partner this great rugby nation. Canterbury and the IRFU hold a similar interest and that is putting the player first, whether it’s through safety or innovation, the sport and players are the most important aspect of the game.
New Zealand Cricket Team, nicknamed the BlackCaps, played their first test in 1930 against England in Christchurch, however cricket had be present on the island since 1842.
The Blackcaps have produced some great cricketers, including Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill. Being founded in Christchurch, Canterbury is proud to sponsor our home nation as they’re on the rise in the game.