Ranfurly Shield goes on the road

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Monday, July 8, 2019    Getty Images

First up, Otago will face a stern challenge from the 2018 Meads Cup Champions the Thames Valley Swamp Foxes at the Wanaka Showgrounds on Saturday 13 July.


Provided they can register their first successful Ranfurly Shield defence since lifting the ‘log o’ wood’ against Waikato last year, Otago will then face neighbours North Otago in Oamaru on 26 July.

Otago then face five challenges throughout the Mitre 10 Cup season. The first defence of the Mitre 10 Cup season will be an all-South Island clash when the Southland Stags come north for a tilt at the famous prize.

From there it doesn’t get any easier for Otago with defences against Manawatu, Taranaki, Waikato and Canterbury.

Make sure you grab your tickets to see the biggest prize in New Zealand rugby up for grabs.

Ranfurly Shield preseason schedule

Otago v Thames Valley, 2.05pm Saturday 13 July 2019, Wanaka Showgrounds. TICKETS.

Otago v North Otago, 2.05pm Friday 26 July 2019, Whitestone Contracting Stadium, Oamaru. TICKETS.