27 Oct 2009

Thousands welcome Ranfurly Shield back to Southland

11:05 pm on 27 October 2009

Tens of thousands of people have turned out to celebrate the return of the Ranfurly Shield to Southland after 50 years.

The Stags claimed the log o' wood last Thursday, beating favourites Canterbury 9-3 at AMI Stadium.

There were jubilant scenes on the streets of Invercargill on Tuesday as the team slowly made its way along a parade route in an open top truck.

Fans threw some nearly 40,000 rolls of ticker-tape and strained to see and touch the Shield.

Radio New Zealand's reporter in Invercargill says it seemed as if the whole province had gathered to congratulate the team.