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Heartland Championship Preview

No competition embodies the passionate grassroots spirit of rugby like the Heartland Championship.
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Tasman continue winning ways over Waikato

Tasman have started their new era under coach Leon MacDonald with a 24-19 win over Waikato at Landsdowne Park in Blenheim on Sunday.
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Powerful second half gets Otago home over Southland

After trailing at halftime, Otago surged back to take out Southland 40-17 in a Mitre 10 Cup Championship clash in Invercargill.
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Canterbury send Auckland reeling in opener

Canterbury kicked off their provincial championship defence by swamping Auckland 43-3, a record loss, in their Mitre 10 Cup opener at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday.
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Wellington unleash skills in Napier for win

Wellington got their Mitre 10 Championship bid off to a dazzling and winning start when beating Hawke's Bay 36-26 in Napier on Saturday.
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Taranaki hold off Bay of Plenty in Tauranga

Taranaki got their 2016 Mitre 10 Cup campaign off to a winning start but it didn’t happen without a late fright in Tauranga.
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Manawatu edge Northland in thriller

Manawatu fullback Jason Emery's 76th minute try gave his side a thrilling 34-27 win over Northland in the Mitre 10 Cup game in Whangarei on Friday.
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North Harbour edge Counties Manukau in Albany

North Harbour continued their hot preseason form with a nail biting 20-17 win over Counties Manukau in the opening match of the 2016 Mitre 10 Cup season at QBE Stadium.
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Preview: Mitre 10 Cup Championship

The competition in the Mitre 10 Championship promises to be fierce with seven teams competing to be promoted to the Premiership.
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National Provincial Championship: 1990s

The NPC went through an evolution in the 1990s with a reduction of teams in the First Division and play-offs introduced in 1992.
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Preview: Mitre 10 Cup Premiership

Canterbury are looking to send off departing coach Scott Robertson with back-to-back titles as the Rugby Cup returns for the first time since 2005.
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National Provincial Championship: 1980s

The National Provincial Championship entered its second decade with Manawatu on top and ended in a golden era for Auckland rugby.
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National Provincial Championship: 1970s

First known as the National Provincial Championship (NPC), New Zealand’s premier domestic rugby competition kicked off in 1976 with Bay of Plenty lifting the Rugby Cup for the first time.
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Fijian influence in Canterbury squad

Coach Scott Roberston has named three Fijian newcomers in his Canterbury squad to defend the Mitre 10 Premiership when the competition kicks off next week. 


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Overseas signings boost Lions

USA Eagles prop Chris Baumann and towering Waratahs lock Sam Lousi will add bulk to a Wellington Lions squad packed full of young talent during the Mitre 10 Cup.


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