Auckland rugby union team
Auckland are the top representative
Auckland has been the most successful union in New Zealand rugby history, having won a record 16 ITM Cup (and predecessor competition) titles. Auckland also holds the record for the most Ranfurly Shield wins (16), successful defences (148), and longest streak of successful defences (61).
There have been many notable eras in the team's history. They were undefeated for six seasons from 1897, and there was a ground breaking run in the early 1920s under Sir Vincent Meredith.
The 1960–63 period, known as the Golden Era, was summed up in The Golden Years written by Don Cameron in 1983.
There was also a relatively undisturbed spell of success from 1982 through to the
Auckland were the first holders of the shield in 1902 and have won 153 out of 194 shield matches up to 2007 – the most successful record of any provincial union.
Since 1902 there have been three notable shield eras: from 1905 to 1913 there were 23 challenges repelled, another 25 between 1960 and 1963, and 61 challenges in the period from 1985 to 1993. Players like
With six titles in the 1990s, and four so far in the new century, Auckland's success continued. The 2007 team was the first since the 1990 side to remain unbeaten in a season and win the Ranfurly Shield and the provincial championship. Players like