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NZ's Rugby Cup gets makeover

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/08/2016

The iconic Rugby Cup will be lifted by the winning captain of the National Provincial Championships once more after being brought out of storage and restored.

The trophy, which was retired after Auckland's NPC triumph in 2005, will be presented to the winners of the 2016 Mitre 10 Cup in October.

Silversmith Jim Dwan, who also restored the Ranfurly Shield, said the cups were a part of Kiwi rugby history and heritage.

"It's a privilege in a way, to have held all these trophies," Mr Dwan said.

The trophy is almost 70 centimetres high and more than 55 centimetres in diameter.

It was first lifted by the victorious Bay of Plenty captain Tuck Waaka in 1976.

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