New Zealand shearers win annual Wales test series

It was a winning day for the NZ team in Wales.
It was a winning day for the NZ team in Wales. Photo credit: Facebook/Cneifio Corwen Shears

The New Zealand shearing team is celebrating after winning an annual test series with Wales, and taking out two other major titles.

The CP Wool New Zealand shearing team of Rowland Smith and David Buick broke a long-standing drought by completing the 3-1 win in the Agrimin test series in Wales.

The triumph came at the Corwen Shears in North Wales on Saturday morning (NZ time), with the pair announced fourth-test winners by 1.1pts, over Welsh stars Richard Jones and Allun Lloyd Jones.

While New Zealand has not been beaten by Wales in a shearing test in New Zealand, it had not won any of the near-annual series' in Wales for about eight years.

There was a double triumph for Smith who also won the Corwen Shears Open final, beating Royal Welsh Show Open winner Gwion Lloyd Evans, who was runner-up. Among the other finalists was new World champion and local Corwen hero Richard Jones, who was 4th, and New Zealand shearer Jack Fagan, who was 6th.   

It was also a big day for New Zealand blade shearing sensation Allan Oldfield, of Geraldine. 

He completed a successful defence of the Royal Welsh Show and Corwen Shears Open blades titles, three weeks after winning the world title in France.