PREVIEW: Wellington v Otago
After a stunning 2017 season, the Wellington Lions will be looking to pick up where they left off when they take on Otago in a cross-division clash at Westpac Stadium on Sunday.
PREVIEW: Bay of Plenty v Taranaki
The newly minted Chiefs Country Cup will be on the line for the first time along with crucial competition points as neighbours Bay of Plenty and Taranaki clash in Rotorua on Saturday night.
PREVIEW: Southland v Hawke's Bay
Looking to make an early statement regarding their respective Mitre 10 Cup Championship campaigns will be the goal for Southland and Hawke's Bay in Invercargill on Sunday afternoon.
PREVIEW: Manawatu v Waikato
Waikato face a tough assignment against Manawatu in Palmerston North as they bid to return to the Premiership division.
Premiership preview: Auckland v Counties Manukau
Match details: Saturday August 18, 5.05pm at Eden Park, Auckland
Premiership preview: Tasman v Canterbury
Around a dozen Crusaders will suit up in the starting line-ups for this repeat of the 2017 Premership final, so mateship will go on hold for 80 minutes in what should be an even contest.
PREVIEW: North Harbour v Northland
A North Harbour – Northland local derby may be one of the newest in New Zealand rugby but that shouldn't prevent them producing a competitive opening to the Mitre 10 Cup competition in Albany on Thursday.
Premiership Final Preview: Canterbury v Tasman
In a repeat of the 2016 Premiership final, Tasman travel south to take on Canterbury in an all-Crusaders final at AMI Stadium on Saturday night.
Championship Final Preview: Wellington v Bay of Plenty
After being demoted to the Championship in 2014, Wellington have one final hurdle to jump before returning to the Premiership when they face Bay of Plenty at Westpac Stadium on Friday.
Semifinal preview: Canterbury v North Harbour
North Harbour travel south with nothing to lose and an exciting backline ready to be unleashed when they clash with reigning champions Canterbury at AMI Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Semifinal Preview: Taranaki v Tasman
A repeat of last year's semifinal will have Taranaki looking to reverse that result when taking on Tasman in New Plymouth on Saturday.
Semifinal Preview: Bay of Plenty v Otago
Bay of Plenty have a rare chance, in front of home fans, to push to play in the Mitre 10 Cup Championship final by claiming a win over Otago in their semifinal in Tauranga on Saturday.
Semifinal Preview: Wellington v Northland
After being tripped up in the Championship semifinals last year, Wellington will be determined to see off the challenge from the Northland Taniwha and secure a home final at Westpac Stadium.
PREVIEW: Hawke’s Bay v Manawatu
It is do or die for Manawatu in Napier with a victory over Hawke’s Bay securing their spot in the Championship playoffs
PREVIEW: North Harbour v Taranaki
North Harbour will want the win when taking on minor Mitre 10 Cup Premiership winner Taranaki in Albany on Sunday but know that will leave them having to play Canterbury in next week's semi-finals.
PREVIEW: Counties Manukau v Tasman
One point would be enough for Counties Manukau to ensure themselves of fifth place in the Mitre 10 Premiership when they meet a Tasman side looking to claim third place ahead of next weekend's play-offs.
PREVIEW: Bay of Plenty v Waikato
Bay of Plenty and Waikato may be in different levels of the Mitre 10 Cup but statistics suggest a close contest when they meet in Tauranga on Saturday.
Preview: Otago v Southland
It’s a high stakes clash at Forsyth-Barr Stadium with Otago needing a win to have any chance of making the playoffs and Southland desperate to get their first win of the season.
PREVIEW: Auckland v Canterbury
Both Auckland and Canterbury go into Friday's Mitre 10 Cup Premiership game with plenty to play for: Auckland to avoid the prospect of relegation and Canterbury to secure a home semi-finals play-off.
PREVIEW: Wellington v Northland
Although they have wrapped up top spot in the Championship, Wellington will be looking to continue their rampant form when second-placed Northland roll into the Caketin on Thursday night.
Preview: Taranaki v Manawatu (Ranfurly Shield)
After playing out one of the all-time great Ranfurly Shield clashes against Canterbury last week, Taranaki have no time to rest as Manawatu march into Yarrow Stadium for the final Ranfurly Shield challenge of the year.
Preview: Waikato v North Harbour
The pressure couldn't be higher on Waikato, as they face a do-or die clash against a buoyant North Harbour side on Sunday.
PREVIEW: Tasman v Auckland
Tasman are under pressure to secure a play-offs berth and will be looking to repeat last season's win over Auckland when the sides meet in Nelson on Sunday.
Preview: Southland v Wellington
It's hard to believe that Southland still have plenty to play for, despite only claiming a solitary point in season 2017.
Preview: Northland v Hawke's Bay
Hawke's Bay have to make do with playing the spoiler role while Northland have it all to play for in the race for a home semi-final.
PREVIEW: Otago v Bay of Plenty
It's make or break for both Otago and Bay of Plenty when they meet in Dunedin on Saturday with the visitors the more desperate to secure a place in the Mitre 10 Cup Championship play-offs.
PREVIEW: Canterbury v Taranaki (RS)
Canterbury will face their toughest Ranfurly Shield challenge of the season when meeting second-placed Taranaki in their Mitre 10 Cup Premiership clash at AMI Stadium on Friday.
PREVIEW: Manawatu v Counties Manukau
Counties Manukau have a chance to move clear of the Premiership relegation zone while Manawatu have their own goal of making the Championship play-offs when the sides meet in Mitre 10 Cup action in Palmerston North on Thursday.
PREVIEW: Tasman v North Harbour
Tasman can make a giant stride towards securing a semifinal berth when they host third-placed North Harbour in a Premiership blockbuster in Blenheim on Wednesday night.
Preview: Counties Manukau v Northland
There’s plenty at stake for both teams as Counties Manukau fight to stay in the Premiership and Northland look to enhance their Championship playoff hopes when the sides meet in Pukekohe on Sunday afternoon.
PREVIEW: Wellington v Otago
Wellington could ensure itself of top billing for the Mitre 10 Cup Championship play-offs by beating Otago in their top of the table contest in Wellington on Sunday.
Preview: Canterbury v Waikato (Ranfurly Shield)
Waikato travel south to take on Canterbury with the added motivation of the Ranfurly Shield and a place in the semifinals to play for.
PREVIEW: Southland v Manawatu
Manawatu can keep themselves in play-offs contention if able to claim a win over Southland in Invercargill on Saturday, but they will be up against a team who have every reason to turn on a key performance.
Preview: Auckland v Bay of Plenty
Auckland are battling for their Premiership survival when they host Bay of Plenty at Eden Park on Saturday evening.
PREVIEW: North Harbour v Hawke's Bay
Having succumbed to Canterbury, North Harbour need to quickly remount the horse of success if they are to keep their Mitre 10 Cup play-offs hopes alive when they meet Hawke's Bay in Albany on Friday.
PREVIEW: Taranaki v Tasman
Potential Mitre 10 Cup Premiership play-offs places could be an outcome of Thursday's Taranaki-Tasman game in New Plymouth.
PREVIEW: Northland v Otago
With just three rounds remaining in the Mitre 10 Cup, both Northland and Otago can advance their playoff claims when round seven gets underway in Whangarei on Wednesday night.
PREVIEW: Bay of Plenty v Counties Manukau
Bay of Plenty and Counties Manukau may be in different sections of the Mitre 10 Cup but they each have plenty of reason to look for points in Sunday's clash at the Tauranga Domain.
PREVIEW: Tasman v Southland
Winless in 2017, and facing their third game in ten days, it doesn’t get any easy for Southland when they travel north to take on the Tasman Makos in Nelson on Sunday afternoon.
PREVIEW: North Harbour v Canterbury
North Harbour's first season in the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership faces its biggest test on Saturday when hosting a wounded Canterbury team at QBE Stadium.
PREVIEW: Hawke’s Bay v Taranaki
The Magpies have hardly fired a shot in 2017 but can keep their faint playoff hopes alive with a win over Premiership contenders Taranaki in Napier on Saturday night.
PREVIEW: Manawatu v Northland
With pressure on sides to build toward the Mitre 10 Cup play-offs, Northland and Manawatu face an important game in Palmerston North on Friday.
PREVIEW: Waikato v Wellington
Waikato’s season is on the line when they host Championship front-runners Wellington in Hamilton on Saturday afternoon.
PREVIEW: Otago v Auckland
Auckland have remained in the south after their win over Southland to prepare for a key game in their season against Mitre 10 Cup Championship side Otago in Dunedin on Thursday.
PREVIEW: Bay of Plenty v Southland
The Steamers can make a big stride towards securing a semifinal berth but cannot afford any complacency against a Stags side who will be desperate to salvage something out their season.
PREVIEW: Counties Manukau v Hawke's Bay
Both Counties Manukau and Hawke's Bay face a test of their resolve when meeting in Pukekohe on Sunday afternoon after having suffered heavy losses in their last outings.
PREVIEW: Wellington v Canterbury
Round five of the Mitre 10 Cup will end on a high with the Championship leaders Wellington facing the Premiership front runners Canterbury at Westpac Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
PREVIEW: Waikato v Manawatu
The stakes are high for both teams in this crossover clash with the victor moving close to a semifinal berth and the loser facing a tough few final rounds to make the playoffs.
Preview: Otago v Tasman
There will be plenty of spice in a South Island clash pitting two midtable sides riding a two-game winning streak against each other.
PREVIEW: Southland v Auckland
Winless in 2017, the Southland Stags will be hoping home town advantage can give them the edge when they face Premiership strugglers Auckland in Invercargill.
PREVIEW: Taranaki v Bay of Plenty
Taranaki will be looking to continue their run of Premiership success when taking on Championship side Bay of Plenty in the Mitre 10 Cup on Friday.
PREVIEW: Northland v North Harbour
It may be a clash between crossover sides when Northland host neighbours North Harbour in the Mitre 10 Cup on Thursday but such has been the home side's form that there is nothing between the sides.
PREVIEW: Canterbury v Counties Manukau (Ranfurly Shield)
Counties Manukau sit at the foot of the Premiership and need a victory over leaders Canterbury to revitalise their campaign – and secure a memorable Ranfurly Shield triumph – when round five gets underway in Christchurch on Wednesday night.
PREVIEW: Tasman v Wellington
Despite hosting a team from the Championship, Premiership contenders Tasman will go in as underdogs when they face the red-hot Wellington Lions at Landsdowne Park on Sunday.
PREVIEW: Hawke's Bay v Otago
Otago will be looking to end one of its longer losing streaks in Mitre 10 Cup Championship rugby when meeting Hawke's Bay in Napier on Sunday.
PREVIEW: Auckland v Taranaki
Auckland face a tough turnaround from their Sunday defeat by North Harbour when playing Taranaki at Eden Park on Saturday.
PREVIEW: Northland v Waikato
Northland have been the surprise package of the Championship this season and will announce themselves as a genuine title contender if they can take out Waikato in a crossover clash in Whangarei on Saturday afternoon.
PREVIEW: Canterbury v Southland (Ranfurly Shield)
It might be the top of the Premiership against the bottom of the Championship, but positions on the ladder mean nothing as Southland travels to Christchurch to challenge for the Ranfurly Shield.
PREVIEW: Manawatu v Bay of Plenty
Middle of the table Mitre 10 Championship sides Manawatu and Bay of Plenty have plenty to play for in their game in Palmerston North on Friday.
PREVIEW: Counties Manukau v North Harbour
Counties Manukau share the bottom of the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership ladder with Auckland and will be looking to halt North Harbour's progress when they meet in Pukekohe on Thursday.
PREVIEW: Wellington v Hawke’s Bay
Wellington have set the bar high in the opening rounds of the Mitre 10 Cup and will not want to let things slip when they host Hawke’s Bay in the opening match of round four on Wednesday night.
PREVIEW: North Harbour v Auckland
Extra spice to what used to be one of the games of the season in the northern region between Auckland and North Harbour has been provided for Sunday's game in Albany through the fact the teams have not met since 2014.
PREVIEW: Waikato v Tasman
Things don’t get any easier for win-less Tasman with a trip to Hamilton to face a red-hot Waikato side at FMG Stadium.
PREVIEW: Southland v Northland
Still without a win in the Mitre 10 Cup Championship, Southland will host a resurgent Northland team at Rugby Park, Invercargill on Saturday.
PREVIEW: Taranaki v Counties Manukau
Taranaki have made a sound start to the Mitre 10 Cup and will be looking to build on that against a Counties Manukau side which has so far failed to match points to its resources.
PREVIEW: Otago v Manawatu
After suffering two losses away from home, Otago will be hoping for a turnaround in front of their home fans when they play at Forsyth-Barr Stadium for the first time this season against Manawatu.
PREVIEW: Hawke’s Bay v Canterbury
After a thumping loss in the ‘Battle of the Bays’ last week, Hawke’s Bay will need a massive turnaround at home against reigning Premiership champions Canterbury on Friday night.
PREVIEW: Bay of Plenty v Wellington
The Mitre 10 Cup is just two rounds deep but the two top teams in the Championship will clash when Bay of Plenty hosts Wellington in Rotorua.
PREVIEW: Auckland v Waikato
Waikato have been a frustrating stumbling block for Auckland in recent seasons and all the signs point to another close contest at Eden Park on Wednesday evening.
PREVIEW: Manawatu v Tasman
Manawatu will be eyeing a chance to upset a Premiership contender when they host Tasman in a crossover clash in Palmerston North on Sunday.
Preview: Auckland v Northland
Buoyed by their incredible comeback win over Bay of Plenty, Northland travel to Eden Park for their chance at consecutive victories to start their Championship season.
PREVIEW: Bay of Plenty v Hawkes Bay
Two of the Championship’s biggest contenders square off when the ‘Battle of the Bays’ gets underway in Rotorua on Friday evening.
PREVIEW: Wellington v Taranaki
Expect plenty of fireworks as two of the most potent attacking teams in the Mitre10 Cup go head-to-head when Wellington and Taranaki clash at Westpac Stadium.
PREVIEW: Waikato v Counties Manukau
Fresh from a confidence-boosting win over northern neighbour Auckland, Counties Manukau will be looking to repeat against its southern neighbour Waikato in Hamilton on Friday evening.
PREVIEW: Southland v North Harbour
Southland will know how their season is shaping when coming up against North Harbour in the opening game of the second round of Mitre 10 Cup play, in Invercargill on Thursday.
PREVIEW: Manawatu v Wellington
One of provincial rugby’s most long standing rivalries will re-ignite when Manawatu host Wellington in a Championship grudge match in Palmerston North on Sunday.
PREVIEW: Northland v Bay of Plenty
Northland will be looking to make a bold start to the 2017 Mitre 10 Cup Championship season when hosting Bay of Plenty on Sunday at Whangarei.
PREVIEW: Taranaki v Waikato
There will be plenty riding on the ‘Battle of the Bovine’ with crucial Premiership points and Chiefs bragging rights on offer in New Plymouth when Taranaki takes on Waikato.
PREVIEW: Hawkes Bay v Southland
After dropping down from the Premiership in 2016, Hawkes Bay will be eager to start their Championship campaign on a winning note when they host Southland on Saturday afternoon.
PREVIEW: Counties Manukau v Auckland
Counties Manukau will be looking to continue their recent dominance of Auckland when the sides meet in the Mitre 10 Cup at Pukekohe on Saturday.
PREVIEW: Tasman v Canterbury
Twice well beaten by Canterbury last year, home team Tasman will be looking to make an emphatic start to the Mitre 10 Cup when hosting the defending champions on Friday.
PREVIEW: North Harbour v Otago
The 2017 Mitre 10 Cup season gets underway with a rematch of last year’s Championship final as North Harbour hosts Otago in Albany.
PREVIEW: Taranaki v Tasman (Semi-final)
Taranaki v Tasman, Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth, Sunday, 4.30pm (Mitre 10 Cup Premiership semi-final).
SEMIFINAL PREVIEW: Canterbury v Counties Manukau
Defending champions Canterbury need no reminding of the threat the Steelers pose when they clash for the second time in as many weeks as Mitre 10 Cup semifinal actions hits Christchurch.
PREVIEW: Wellington v North Harbour (Semi-final)
Wellington v North Harbour, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Saturday, 2.35pm (Mitre 10 Championship semi-final)
SEMIFINAL PREVIEW: Otago v Bay of Plenty
Despite being the team to beat during the round robin phase, top qualifiers Otago face a tricky assignment against the top attacking team in the Championship when the Mitre 10 Cup semifinals kick off in Dunedin on Friday night.
PREVIEW: Wellington v Waikato
There’s plenty to play for in the final round with Waikato needing a bonus point win to have any chance of making the Premiership playoffs while Wellington can still claim top-place in the Championship.
PREVIEW: Tasman v Southland
Tasman v Southland, Trafalgar Park, Nelson, Sunday, 2.35pm
PREVIEW: Counties Manukau v Canterbury
Although Canterbury have confirmed top spot in the Premiership, there is plenty for Counties Manukau to play for with a place in the semifinals on the line when they host the reigning champions in Pukekohe.
Preview: Northland v North Harbour
North Harbour are on the verge of their first playoff match since 2005, and the first under the two-tier system - can they finish strongly, or will the Taniwha consign them to another year of disappointment?
PREVIEW: Hawke's Bay v Bay of Plenty
Hawke's Bay v Bay of Plenty, McLean Park, Napier, Saturday 5.35pm
PREVIEW: Manawatu v Otago
Manawatu v Otago, Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North, 7.35pm, Friday
PREVIEW: North Harbour v Tasman
It’s the final round of the Mitre10 Cup and stakes don’t get much higher than at Albany as North Harbour and Tasman clash with a playoff spot tantalisingly close for the winner.
PREVIEW: Taranaki v Auckland
Taranaki v Auckland, Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth, Thursday 7.35pm
PREVIEW: Bay of Plenty v Manawatu
Bay of Plenty v Manawatu, Rotorua Stadium, Sunday, 4.35pm
Preview: Wellington v Taranaki
With the semifinals looming for both sides, Sunday's match is about seizing momentum at the right time – will the Lions come out roaring, or can the Bulls make a statement ahead of the playoffs?
PREVIEW: Waikato v Hawke's Bay
Waikato v Hawke's Bay, FMG Stadium, Hamilton, Saturday, 7.35pm
PREVIEW: Southland v Northland
After breaking a two year winning drought in commanding style over Waikato last week, Northland travel to Invercargill with high hopes of making it back-to-back victories when they take on Southland.
PREVIEW: Otago v Counties
Coming off back-to-back losses, Otago need to overcome a Counties Manukau side they haven’t defeated since 2011 if they are to reclaim top spot in the Mitre10 Cup Championship.
PREVIEW: Canterbury v North Harbour (RS)
Canterbury v North Harbour, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Friday, 7.35pm (Ranfurly Shield)
PREVIEW: Auckland v Tasman
Auckland v Tasman, Eden Park, Auckland, 7.35pm Thursday
PREVIEW: Manawatu v Wellington
After succumbing to Hawke’s Bay last week, Manawatu face second-placed Wellington in a match that is crucial to their playoff hopes.
PREVIEW: Northland v Waikato
After dropping the Ranfurly Shield to Canterbury on Wednesday, Waikato will be desperate to bounce back quickly against Northland and keep their semifinal hopes alive.
Preview: Taranaki v Canterbury
There are plenty of implications for this top-of-the-table affair in New Plymouth, but could Canterbury's extensive workload over the last eight days come back to haunt them?
PREVIEW: Manawatu v Hawke’s Bay
It’s not often that a Championship team goes in as a favourite in a crossover clash but that is exactly the case as Manawatu hosts Hawke’s Bay in Palmerston North.
PREVIEW: Auckland v Otago
Auckland v Otago, Eden Park, Auckland, Saturday, 7.35pm
PREVIEW: North Harbour v Bay of Plenty
North Harbour v Bay of Plenty, QBE Stadium, Albany, Saturday 2.35pm
PREVIEW: Wellington v Southland
Wellington v Southland, Westpac Stadium, Friday 7.35pm
PREVIEW: Tasman v Counties Manukau
With the race to the Mitre 10 Cup playoffs heating up, Tasman faces Counties Manukau in a clash that could provide crucial to either sides semifinal hopes.
PREVIEW: Waikato v Canterbury (RS)
After three tense Ranfurly Shield defences, Waikato face their toughest challenge against Premiership high flyers Canterbury in Hamilton.
PREVIEW: Bay of Plenty v Auckland
In a match that is crucial for either side’s playoff hopes, Premiership contenders Auckland travel south to take on Championship hopefuls Bay of Plenty in Rotorua.
PREVIEW: North Harbour v Southland
North Harbour v Southland, Albany, Sunday, 2.35pm
PREVIEW: Hawke's Bay v Tasman
Hawke's Bay v Tasman, McLean Park, September 24, 7.35pm
PREVIEW: Canterbury v Otago
Canterbury v Otago, AMI Stadium, 2.35pm Saturday.
PREVIEW: Counties Manukau v Waikato
This match is about far more than Chiefs bragging rights for Counties Manukau and Waikato with the winner to be catapulted towards the top of the Premiership ladder.
Preview: Taranaki v Manawatu
Taranaki will be looking to bounce back from Ranfurly Shield heartbreak against a Championship side who caused one of the biggest upsets in recent provincial history.
PREVIEW: Northland v Wellington
Wellington will be looking to erase the memories of their last visit to Whangarei when they take on a Northland-side desperate to stay in the playoff hunt.
PREVIEW: Southland v Bay of Plenty
Bay of Plenty travel south to take on Championship cellar dwellers Southland in a clash that could have major implications on the race the semifinals.
PREVIEW: Auckland v Counties Manukau
Auckland v Counties Manukau, Eden Park, Auckland, Sunday, 2.35pm
Preview: Waikato v Taranaki (RS)
Both sides will have no shortage in this local derby, with Waikato looking to avenge their 0-41 hiding that took place exactly a year ago to the Bulls.
PREVIEW: Otago v North Harbour
High flying Otago look to make it six straight Mitre 10 Cup wins when they host North Harbour in Dunedin.
PREVIEW: Manawatu v Canterbury
Manawatu v Canterbury, Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North, 4.35pm Saturday.
PREVIEW: Tasman v Northland
In a potential banana skin match, Premiership contenders Tasman face a Northland team that has shown great attacking intent in 2016 despite not winning a match.
PREVIEW: Wellington v Bay of Plenty
Wellington v Bay of Plenty, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Friday, 7.45pm
PREVIEW: Southland v Hawke’s Bay
Two teams on the hunt for their first win of the season square off in a crucial Mitre10 Cup crossover clash in Invercargill.
PREVIEW: Counties Manukau v Taranaki
Counties Manukau v Taranaki, Ecolight Stadium, Pukekohe, Wednesday, 7.35pm
PREVIEW: Auckland v Waikato
Flying high from two successful Ranfurly Shield defences, Waikato will be hoping to spring a surprise on traditional rivals Auckland at Eden Park.
PREVIEW: Canterbury v Hawke's Bay
Canterbury v Hawke's Bay, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, 2.35pm September 11.
Preview: North Harbour v Manawatu
Defensive resilience meets attacking brilliance in a crucial Championship match on Saturday afternoon.
Preview: Otago v Tasman
A tight crossover match is expected between the two South Island sides in the perfect appetiser for the All Blacks-Argentina clash on Saturday night.
PREVIEW: Counties Manukau v Wellington
Counties Manukau v Wellington, Pukekohe, 7.45pm, Friday (Jonah Tali Lomu Memorial Trophy)
PREVIEW: Bay of Plenty v Northland
Bay of Plenty v Northland, Rotorua, Rotorua International Stadium, 5.45pm Friday
PREVIEW: Taranaki v Southland
After three straight losses Southland are desperate for a win over Taranaki in a Mitre 10 Cup crossover clash in New Plymouth.
PREVIEW: Hawke's Bay v Auckland
Hawke's Bay v Auckland, McLean Park, Napier, Wednesday, September 7
PREVIEW: Bay of Plenty v Otago
Bay of Plenty v Otago, September 4, 2.34pm
PREVIEW: Waikato v Manawatu (RS)
Manawatu will be gunning to win the Ranfurly Shield for the first time since 1976 when they travel to Hamilton to take on holders Waikato at FMG Stadium.
PREVIEW: Northland v Canterbury
Northland v Canterbury, Toll Stadium, Whangarei, September 3, 7.35pm
PREVIEW: Wellington v North Harbour
Wellington v North Harbour, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, September 3, 5.35pm
PREVIEW: Hawke’s Bay v Counties Manukau
Hawke’s Bay are winless since being elevated to the Premiership and will be looking to get their season on a roll when they host Counties Manukau at McLean park.
Preview: Tasman v Taranaki
The two sides go into Saturday’s game in differing fashion.
PREVIEW: Southland v Auckland
Southland v Auckland, Rugby Park, Invercargill, September 2, 7.35pm
PREVIEW: Otago v Northland
Red hot Otago will be looking to take maximum points for the third straight round when they take on the Championship cellar dwellers Northland in Dunedin.
PREVIEW: Counties Manukau v Bay of Plenty
Counties Manukau v Bay of Plenty, Pukekohe, Sunday 4.35pm.
PREVIEW: Canterbury v Tasman
In battle for Crusaders region bragging rights, Tasman Makos travel south to take on defending Premiership champions Canterbury in Christchurch.
PREVIEW: Waikato v North Harbour (RS)
Ranfurly Shield Challenge, August 27, 2016, 2.45pm
Preview: Taranaki v Hawke's Bay
Hawke's Bay will be desperate to get back their Premiership campaign back on track, but it will take a performance that has been 44 years in the making to upset the Bulls at Yarrow Stadium.
PREVIEW: Auckland v Northland
After a positive showing last week, Northland will be eyeing a rare upset against a vulnerable Auckland side at Eden Park.
PREVIEW: Manawatu v Southland
Manawatu v Southland, Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North 5.45pm Friday
PREVIEW: Otago v Wellington
Two of the Championship big guns square off when Otago host old rivals Wellington in Dunedin for the Mike Gibson Memorial Trophy.
PREVIEW: Southland v Otago
Two of New Zealand rugby’s longest standing rivals will lock horns once again when Southland host Otago in the opening round of the Mitre 10 Cup.
Preview: Tasman v Waikato
Preview: Canterbury v Auckland
August 20, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, 7.35pm
PREVIEW: Bay of Plenty v Taranaki
Bay of Plenty will be hoping to start the 2016 Mitre 10 Cup with a Premiership scalp when they host Taranaki in Tauranga.
Preview: Hawke's Bay v Wellington
McLean Park, Napier, 5.35pm
PREVIEW: North Harbour v Counties Manukau
The Mitre 10 Cup kicks off for 2016 with a cross over match when Championship side North Harbour host Premiership contenders Counties Manukau in Albany.
Preview: Northland v Manawatu
August 19: Toll Stadium, Whangarei, 7.35pm
Preview: ITM Cup final, Canterbury v Auckland
Canterbury have played like a team with a grudge after having their unbeaten sequence of ITM Cups halted by Taranaki last year, and they will be looking to take no prisoners in their quest to retain the champion title ahead of Auckland in Christchurch on Saturday.
Preview: ITM Cup championship final, Hawke's Bay v Wellington
Two teams, each with their own reason for wanting a win, go to battle in Napier on Friday to decide the winner of the ITM Cup Championship with the glittering prize being promotion to the Premiership.
ITM Cup semi-final preview: Hawke's Bay v Bay of Plenty
How Hawke's Bay pick themselves up after their Ranfurly Shield loss to Waikato last week could be a big factor in the outcome of their ITM Cup Championship semi-final against Bay of Plenty in Napier on Saturday afternoon.
ITM Cup semi-final preview: Wellington v Otago
Wellington's hopes of a return to the ITM Cup Premiership faces its first test on Saturday in the Championship semi-final against Otago in Wellington.
ITM Cup semi-final preview: Canterbury v Taranaki
Taranaki have rarely tasted success against Canterbury and to advance in the defence of their ITM Cup Premiership title they will have to complete the feat twice in the same season.
Preview: Auckland v Tasman
Auckland drew first blood when the two sides met in the group stages – will Tasman get revenge and reach their second consecutive final? All eyes will be on Eden Park for this hotly anticipated clash, with the victor playing the winner of the Canterbury-Taranaki clash.
Preview: Otago v Bay of Plenty
Otago enter their final round robin clash with confidence following some impressive performances of late, while Bay of Plenty have nothing to lose with their playoff place sealed.
Preview: North Harbour v Northland
Northland end their dismal 2015 campaign with a trip to Albany to face North Harbour, another side who finish their season on Sunday.
Preview: Wellington v Manawatu
Wellington are already confirmed of their playoff status, while Manawatu need a result in order to avoid returning to Championship rugby in 2016.
Preview: Counties Manukau v Auckland
It's coach Tana Umaga's last game in control of Counties Manukau at Ecolight Stadium in Pukekohe on Saturday and a repeat of last season's home win over Auckland would be a suitable farewell present.
Preview: Canterbury v Southland
Canterbury's playoff destiny is complete – they will face Taranaki in the first round of the playoffs – but first they'll have to see off a bruised Southland side left with nothing but pride to play for.
Preview: Hawke's Bay v Waikato (RS)
The last time the two sides met was three years ago, and also doubled as a round robin-ending Ranfurly Shield clash.
Preview: Taranaki v Tasman
It could be a case of winner takes all when last season's ITM Cup Premiership finalists Taranaki and Tasman go at it again in New Plymouth on Thursday.
Preview: Northland v Otago
Otago venture to Northland on Wednesday evening knowing the game represents a last chance for the home side in front of their home fans but also knowing a win would help their own cause.
Preview: Southland v Hawke's Bay
Southland's season hangs in the balance against Hawke’s Bay on Sunday, but their immediate attention will be on trying to right the wrongs of an awful southern derby loss to Otago.
Preview: Bay of Plenty v Wellington
An under-strength Wellington know only a win against a refreshed Bay of Plenty will be good enough for their home semi-final aspirations.
Preview: Auckland v Northland
A wounded Auckland side will be looking to bounce back emphatically when they play the winless Northland Taniwha on Saturday evening.
Preview: Manawatu v Taranaki
The Premiership battle heats up, with this clash determining the fates of at least two other sides in the top division.
Preview: Tasman v Canterbury
The top two Premiership sides have had consecutive losses, and this week's match of the round doubles as a likely ITM Cup final.
Preview: Waikato v Counties
Counties Manukau enter Friday's match with a lot less pressure on their shoulders compared with a fortnight ago.
Preview: Wellington v Hawke's Bay
An interesting appetiser to the likely play-offs of the ITM Cup Championship is in prospect in Wellington on Wednesday when the home team host the Ranfurly Shield holders Hawke's Bay.
Preview: North Harbour v Otago
Do-or-die rugby has arrived in Albany two weeks early, as North Harbour look to keep their slim hopes alive with a convincing win over a swashbuckling Otago on Thursday night.
Preview: Canterbury v Taranaki
From 2008 to 2013 Canterbury held the ITM Cup Premiership title, before Taranaki stopped the run of six straight crowns last year with their first major domestic trophy, so both teams will be keen to prove who is top dog this year as round seven concludes at AMI Stadium.
Preview: Waikato v Wellington
Both teams are coming off consecutive losses so the opening ITM Cup Sunday clash of round seven will be for high stakes as the Mooloo host Wellington at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.
Preview: Manawatu v North Harbour
Saturday's clash shapes as a do-or-die for both sides, for Manawatu, victory will go a long way to remaining in the top flight next season, while a win would bolster North Harbour's flickering ITM Cup Championship playoff hopes.
Preview: Otago v Southland
The second match of ITM Cup Saturday is a classic Southern derby with both teams jostling for position in the Championship top four as Otago and Southland continue their long and historic rivalry which began back in 1887.
Preview: Counties Manukau v Tasman
Counties Manukau are looming perilously close to Championship rugby in 2016 and the hosts will know only a win will be satisfactory against a wounded Tasman Makos outfit on Saturday.
Preview: Northland v Bay of Plenty
Northland will draw confidence from history coming into this round seven ITM Cup match, but at this stage the winless Taniwha have little else to rely on as they host Bay of Plenty who are well placed in the top four of the Championship table.
Preview: Hawke's Bay v Auckland
Signs are not good for Hawke's Bay surviving their first challenge from a Premiership side, Auckland, in the ITM Cup in Napier on Thursday if history is anything to go by.
Preview: Canterbury v Waikato
Waikato are preparing for the dance of the desperate, with two matches in five days that could be the difference between Premiership safety or Championship demotion.
Preview: Tasman v Auckland
Nelson will host a table-topping game which offers significant reward in terms of play-off hopes for the winner when Tasman meet Auckland in the late game on Sunday at Trafalgar Park.
Preview: North Harbour v Canterbury
Last year this encounter provided one of the greatest upsets in ITM Cup history.
Preview: Southland v Manawatu
Arguably one of the closest provincial rivalries in New Zealand rugby, Manawatu are looking to continue their resurgence at the expense of a Southland side looking to revive their season after a four-game slump.
Preview: Hawke's Bay v Bay of Plenty (RS)
The Battle of the Bays is always a highlight on the provincial calendar.
Preview: Northland v Counties Manukau
Its desperation time for both Northland and Counties Manukau as they line up for their ITM Cup crossover game in Whangarei on Saturday evening.
Preview: Taranaki v Waikato
Plenty rests on the Taranaki-Waikato local derby being played in New Plymouth on Friday night in the ITM Cup Premiership.
Preview: Wellington v Otago
With a history dating back to 1883, any match between Wellington and Otago will be significant.
Preview: Tasman v North Harbour
Tasman won't need any reminding of the difficulties they have experienced in containing North Harbour through the years when they meet in Nelson on Wednesday in their ITM Cup crossover game.
Preview: Canterbury v Hawke’s Bay
The fortunes of both teams, unbeaten after four matches, promises that Canterbury’s hosting of the ITM Cup Championship leading Magpies will be a firecracker of a contest to end a Round Five triple header on Saturday.
Preview: Bay of Plenty v Taranaki
Bay of Plenty’s charming run so far in the ITM Cup Championship will look to continue in front of their home crowd at Rotorua International Stadium while Taranaki will look to continue to turnaround their stuttering start to 2015.
Preview: North Harbour v Counties Manukau
Desperate is a word that could be applied to both teams here, with North Harbour and Counties boasting just a win each so far in the 2015 ITM Cup ahead of their clash at QBE Stadium.
Preview: Wellington v Tasman
One never likes to pump up a fixture too much but this Friday night ITM Cup clash promises so much, with the unbeaten Wellington Lions hosting the top Premiership side Tasman at Westpac Stadium.
Preview: Waikato v Southland
The second match of the fifth round of the ITM Cup will see us head to Waikato Stadium, as both the hosts and visiting Southland look to keep touch with the top four of the 2015 Premiership and Championship respectively.
Preview: Auckland v Manawatu
The fifth round of the ITM Cup commences at Eden Park, with the surging Aucklanders hosting a Manawatu team that is still seeking their first win of the 2015 season.