Premiers

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; 33 Gallaher Shield wins including eight in a row between 2004 and 2011, 12 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 (45), 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.

 

Championships won by Ponsonby

Pre-Union: 1877, 1878, 1880, 1882

Auckland Union: 1883, 1884, 1885, 1887, 1889, 1890, 1891 (Club competition), 1897, 1908, 1909 (District Scheme), 1910, 1913 (Club competition)

Gallaher Shield (since 1922): 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1933 (Shared), 1936, 1937, 1938, 1948, 1954, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011