Utrecht Shield

The Utrecht Shield is a challenge trophy to be put up by the current holder in every match it plays home or away. The winner would either remain or become the holder. Essentially, it’s the Raeburn Shield, but for women’s rugby.

Current Holders

New Zealand

They have held the shield since August 26, 2017. They have defended it once.

Next Defense

TBD

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.

This site is maintained by Matt Grande and is hosted on github.

The first version of this list was published on the Tier Two Rugby forum.

Current Holders

New Zealand have held the shield since August 26, 2017. They have defended it once.

Next Challenge

TBD — I expect New Zealand will play some games in November, but none have been announced yet.

First winning challenge for each team

France

1982

Netherlands

1986

Great Britain

1989

England

1990

United States

1991

New Zealand

1997

Ireland

2013

Wales

2015

Italy

2015