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Farebrother Challenge

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Overview

The first Official Inter-District trophy in Fiji rugby was presented to the Fiji Rugby Union in 1941 by Messrs J.J. Sullivan and A.S. Farebrother. Originally known as the Sullivan-Farebrother Trophy, media reports from 1950 transposed the name to Farebrother-Sullivan, possibly because Mr Farebrother was still a prominent face in Fiji rugby, while Mr Sullivan had died in the early 1940s.
The Unions at the time were Suva, Rewa, Vatukoula, Northern Districts (later split to form the Lautoka and Northern Unions) and Lomaiviti, but during the war years only three or four unions competed regularly. Often, the tournament would be played on a holiday weekend with the semi-finals on Saturday and the final on the Monday.
In 1953 it became a challenge trophy along the same line as New Zealand Ranfurly Shield.
Holders
TeamChallenge VictoryLost DefensePlayed Defenses
Suva195111
Northern Districts195119521
Suva195219575
Nadroga195719581
Nadi195819592
Suva195919634
Nadi196306/06/19641
Lautoka06/06/196418/07/19641
Nadroga18/07/196419652
Lautoka196519653
Suva196519687
Nadi196821/08/19715
Nadroga21/08/197129/09/197925
Lautoka29/09/197906/10/19791
Nadi06/10/197910/10/19815
Nadroga10/10/198101/10/19838
Nadi01/10/198310/09/198820
Suva10/09/198829/06/199122
Nadi29/06/199122/08/19927
Nadroga22/08/199203/10/19923
Suva03/10/199202/10/19937
Nadi02/10/199307/10/199517
Nadroga07/10/199511/07/199816
Naitasiri11/07/199810/10/19984
Suva10/10/199824/10/19981
Nadi24/10/199828/08/19995
Naitasiri28/08/199928/10/20008
Nadi28/10/200003/11/20015
Lautoka03/11/200115/06/20024
Ovalau15/06/200217/08/20022
Namosi17/08/200224/08/20021
Nadi24/08/200214/09/20022
Naitasiri14/09/200226/07/20036
Lautoka26/07/200311/10/20034
Tailevu11/10/200309/10/20044
Nadi09/10/200423/10/20041
Nadroga23/10/200415/10/20056
Suva15/10/200529/10/20052
Naitasiri29/10/200504/11/20066
Nadroga04/11/200625/08/20076
Tailevu25/08/200704/10/20089
Northland04/10/200811/10/20081
Naitasiri11/10/200818/10/20081
Nadi18/10/200820/09/20095
Naitasiri20/09/200910/10/20093
Nadroga10/10/200929/09/201218
Suva29/09/201221/09/20136
Naitasiri21/09/201305/10/20132
Tailevu05/10/201312/10/20131
Nadroga12/10/201329/07/201726
Suva29/07/201704/08/20171
Namosi04/08/201728/07/20183
Naitasiri28/07/201829/06/20193
Nadi29/06/201906/07/20191
Nadroga06/07/20192
Teams
TeamSuccessful ChallengesLost ChallengesSuccessful DefensesTotal Wins
Nadroga1118103114
Nadi13226376
Suva9385362
Naitasiri8102533
Tailevu3121114
Lautoka535813
Namosi21624
Ovalau1612
Northland1801
Northern Districts1001
Rewa02600
Vatukoula01300
Naitasiri North01100
Tavua0800
Ba0500
Navosa0500
Macuata0400
Burebesaga0300
Ra0300
Malolo0200
Wainibuka0100
Labasa0100
Ba/Tavua0100
Cakaudrove0100





Sources

www.fijirugby.com - Fiji Rugby official site
fijisun.com.fj - Fiji Sun online edition
The site www.teivovo.com, no longer existing, was scanned using web.archive.org
Also the above sites were scanned using web.archive.org