One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The excitement generated by the Ranfurly Shield rugby union competition.‘a win tomorrow and the reward is a week-long break from Shield fever’
- ‘Shield fever is alive and kicking.’
- ‘He flew into Napier and Shield Fever yesterday morning and straight into full training.’
- ‘Shield fever alive after Canterbury win.’
- ‘Counties Manukau fans turned out in force to get their taste of Shield fever.’
- ‘South Auckland has embraced 'Shield Fever' with thousands of people turning up to the celebration parades.’
- ‘Memories of last year's Ranfurly Shield fever remain strong among hordes of Rotorua school children.’
- ‘The enthusiasm that the possession of the shield had on the Wellington public was amazing — "shield fever" it has been labelled.’
- ‘So-called 'Shield Fever' tends to grip the union in possession.’
- ‘There is no surer sign of Shield fever than a parade!’
- ‘The white hot atmosphere in the Bay in the last month has proved that Shield fever was never dead.’
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