Shield reign remembered

Southland Stags Ranfurly Shield winners Tim Boys (left) 2009/2011, of Winton, Sonny Rangitoheriheri, of Bluff 2009/2011, Nick McGrath, 2009, and Pehitaia Te Whare, 2009, (both of Invercargill) at the Speights Ale House on Friday. Photo: Abbey Palmer

SOUTHLAND Stags players who won the Ranfurly Shield in 2009 and 2011 reunited in Invercargill last weekend to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the big win.

Players came from as far as Japan for a weekend of golf, fishing, and a catch-up with the 2019 Stags team after their game against Manawatu on Saturday night.

David Henderson, who was in the coaches’ box for both victories, said the two teams watched their games for the first time on television at the Speight’s Ale House on Friday night.

“It was a pretty tough competition back then, the teams had to play 14 other teams to secure that title.”

Henderson said it was a “big occasion” to have the teams back together after 10 years.

The Stags defended the shield for five games before they lost to Canterbury in 2010, he said.

Images from the 10th anniversary celebrations. Photos: Abbey Palmer

Southland Stags players Matt Saunders (left) and David Hall, both of Invercargill and played in 2009/2011, at the Speights Ale House on Friday in Invercargill.
Southland Stags player Tim Boys (left) 2009/2011, of Winton and coach David Henderson, of Invercargill.
Simon Culhane (left) 2009 Southland Stags coach and 2011 technical advisor, scrum coach Daryl Thomp son 2009/2011, both of Invercargill, Adam Letts physiotherapist 2009, of Dunedin, and Chris King 2009/2011 player, of Christchurch.
Southland Stags players Matt Saunders (left) 2009/2011, Dion Bates 2009, both of Invercargill, and Scott Cowan 2009/2011, of Queenstown.
Southland Stags players Chris King (from left) 2009/2011, Jason Rutledge 2009/2011, and assistant manager 2009/2011 Glenn Morrison, all of Invercargill.

Jason Kawau (left) and Jimmy Cowan both played for the Southland Stags in the 2009 Ranfurly Shield winning team, both of Invercargill.
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