Plunket Shield

The Plunket Shield is one of New Zealand's oldest and most demanding sporting competitions.


The shield itself was donated by Lord William Lee Plunket, New Zealand's twelfth Governor, in 1907 and, to this day, it is considered the most beautiful sporting prize in New Zealand.



Canterbury was the first association to hold the shield, but promptly lost it to Auckland in the very first challenge match.


Well over a century later, the Central Stags headed into 2018/19 as the defending champion after having lifted the Plunket Shield undefeated in the season and setting a new Central record for most consecutive matches without a loss between 2016 and 2019.


Other recent champions include the Auckland Aces who were runaway champions in 2015/16 with a round to spare; and Canterbury who won the Plunket Shield for the third time in four years in a 2016/17 season that went down to the wire.

Playing Conditions

Plunket Shield 2018/19

Match Officials Appointments

Plunket Shield 2018/19 (first four rounds)

Plunket Shield 2018/19 (final four rounds)

Scorer Appointments

Plunket Shield 2018/19

Recent Champions

2018/19  Central Stags
2017/18  Central Stags
2016/17  Canterbury
2015/16  Auckland Aces
2014/15  Canterbury 
2013/14  Canterbury
2012/13  Central Stags
2011/12  Northern Districts
2010/11  Canterbury 
2009/10  Northern Districts
2008/09  Auckland Aces


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