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Historic Poverty Bay and the East Coast, N.I., N.Z.

Ranfurly Shield Contests

Ranfurly Shield Contests

Poverty Bay has played five challenge matches for the Ranfurly Shield:

1911: v. Auckland, lost, 10–29, after leading at the interval by 4.3.

1913: v. Auckland, lost, 3–27. S. S. Dean (the manager for the Poverty Bay side) became the manager of the 1924 All Blacks, who toured the British Isles, France and Canada without losing a match.

1923: v. Hawke's Bay, lost, 0–15.

1924: v. Hawke's Bay, lost, 10–46.

1948: v. Otago (played in rain and on a soggy ground), lost, 0–40. In 1947 Poverty Bay had provided 12 members of the Poverty Bay-East Coast team which defeated Otago at Gisborne in a non-shield match by 20–8.