Waikato Rugby Union - 1950-1959

1950 - 1959


  • Waikato wins the Ranfurly Shield for the first time - defeating North Auckland 6-3. The team are given a grand welcome on their return home and 'shield fever' strikes the region.
  • The Mooloo mascot emerges during Waikato's first shield reign


  • Waikato loses the Ranfurly Shield to Auckland, but soon regains it off them when a 'Mooloo Invasion' of Auckland leads to a 6-3 win.
  • Mooloo parades are held on the morning of challenge matches.
  • Has Catley plays his 100th game for the province to becomes Waikato's first centurion.


  • Waikato is labelled as 'New Zealand's champion province'.


  • Waikato secures a famous 14-10 victory over the Springboks after a massive Mooloo parade.


  • Dick Everest becomes All Blacks coach.


  • New stand at Rugby Park is opened.