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The flagship team for any club is its Premier side, and none has been more successful in Auckland competitions than Ponsonby. From its first championship win in 1877 – before the Auckland Union was even formed – right through to today Ponsonby has been the standard which all other clubs have to reach. Ponsonby holds nearly every record in Auckland Premier club play; 35 Gallaher Shield wins including eight in a row between 2004 and 2011, 11 more Auckland Union titles before the Shield was presented, and four before the Union formed for a total of 49.
Ponsonby has provided more All Blacks that any other club (48), 37 Super rugby players, over 200 Auckland A players and more than 30 who have played for other unions as loan players.
To play for Ponsonby Premiers is, and has always been, a mark of achievement for any player in Auckland.