About the Utrecht Shield
The Utrecht Shield is a challenge trophy to be put up by the current holder, or defender, in every match it plays home or away (in the same manner as a world boxing title). The winner would either remain or become the holder.
It stretches back in this manner from the very first women's International Rugby Union game, played in 1982 between France in Netherlands played in Utrecht (hence the name). France won that game, and was therefore the first holder of the Utrecht Shield.
It is not currently recognised by any governing body however, much like the Raeburn Shield, we hope it someday will be.
The first version of this list was published on the Tier Two Rugby forum.
New Zealand have held the shield since August 26, 2017. They have defended it once.
The next challenge will be on August 18, 2018 when New Zealand takes on Australia as part of the International Women's Rugby Series.