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The Hawke's Bay Rugby Union (HBRU) is the governing body of rugby union in the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand. The union is based in Napier.
The Hawke's Bay representative team are nicknamed The Magpies.
The Hawke's Bay Rugby Union was founded in 1884. This makes it the oldest Provincial Rugby Union outside the four main centres. Hawke's Bay has a very good Ranfurly Shield record with 24 defences from 1922 to 1927, 21 successful defences between 1966 and 1969 as well as 2 defences in 1934.Hawke's Bay won the shield again, claiming it from Otago, on 1 September 2013. They lost the shield soon after to Counties-Manukau, before winning it back from them in August 2014. Hawke's Bay's glory days as a rugby union came long before the NPC was founded. As such Hawke's Bay does not have a very flattering record in either that competition or the Air New Zealand Cup. The best position they have managed in either is 3rd. Hawke's Bay dominated the second division of the NPC in the 1990s before the Air New Zealand Cup was set up in 2006.
In 1996, Hawke's Bay and Manawatu merged their teams to form the Central Vikings. It was an attempt to elevate the unions back to the then first division. Players including Mark "Bull" Allen, Christian Cullen, Mark Ranby, Stephen Bachop and Roger Randle featured in the team. The 1997 season saw Central finish overall second with 6 wins, 2 losses and into the semi-finals. In the semi-final, the Vikings avenged their loss to Bay of Plenty in round robin play to face Northland in the final. Northland won the final 63–10. Northland were thus promoted to the First Division. However, had the Vikings won, they would not have been eligible to be promoted. 1998 saw a repeat of form for the Vikings who went unbeaten in the season. They subsequently won the final against Bay of Plenty at McLean Park, Napier and were promoted to First Division. However, due to financial issues, the merger split back to Hawke's Bay and Manawatu. Both unions subsequently became foundation unions of the Air New Zealand Cup which started in 2006.
In the past, Hawke's Bay has produced some great All Blacks, including Kel Tremain and George Nepia. Hawke's Bay also defeated the 1993 British Lions and in 1994 defeated France (who beat the All Blacks twice in that same tour).
In 2009, Hawke's Bay announced they intended to apply to join the Super Rugby competition, when it was announced a fifteenth franchise was to be created. However, in August 2009 the club's chairman Richard Hunt announced they were withdrawing their bid because they had not had sufficient time to present a business plan. [ citation needed ]. With the announcement that New Zealand might receive a 6th Super Franchise in the SANZAAR Super Rugby competition beginning 2016, the Hawke's Bay Union announced its interest in forming this franchise together with Manawatu, therefore effectively resurrecting the Central Vikings brand as a Super Rugby franchise.He insisted the club remained very serious about joining the club in the future. Hawke's Bay would be New Zealand's sixth team if they were to join Super Rugby
2020 Nash Cup Champions (Premier) - competition cancelled in 2020
2020 Maddison Trophy Champions (Premier) - Hastings Rugby and Sports Club
2020 Pratt Trophy Champions (Premier Reserve/Division 2, Town/Country) – competition cancelled in 2020
2020 Jack Swain Cup Champions (Premier Reserve) - Napier Old Boys Marist RFC
2020 Arthur Bowman Cup Champions (Division 2) - Aotea Sports Club
2020 Maury Coady Cup Champions (Division 3) - competition cancelled in 2020
2020 Ron Parker Memorial Trophy Champions (Division 3) - Bridge Pa Rugby
2020 Arthur Brown Cup Champions (Colts) - competition cancelled in 2020
2020 Pat Ryan Memorial Trophy Champions (Colts) - Napier Tech Old Boys Rugby Club
2020 Marsh Cup Champions (Women's) - Napier Tech Old Boys Rugby Club
2020 Champions Cup Champions (Women's) - Napier Tech Old Boys Rugby Club
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