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PREVIEW: Taranaki v Tasman (Semi-final)

Taranaki v Tasman, Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth, Sunday, 4.30pm (Mitre 10 Cup Premiership semi-final). Read more

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. Read more

PREVIEW: Wellington v North Harbour (Semi-final)

Wellington v North Harbour, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Saturday, 2.35pm (Mitre 10 Championship semi-final) Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

PREVIEW: Tasman v Southland

Tasman v Southland, Trafalgar Park, Nelson, Sunday, 2.35pm Read more

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. Read more

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? Read more

PREVIEW: Hawke's Bay v Bay of Plenty

Hawke's Bay v Bay of Plenty, McLean Park, Napier, Saturday 5.35pm Read more

PREVIEW: Manawatu v Otago

Manawatu v Otago, Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North, 7.35pm, Friday Read more

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. Read more

PREVIEW: Taranaki v Auckland

Taranaki v Auckland, Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth, Thursday 7.35pm Read more

PREVIEW: Bay of Plenty v Manawatu

Bay of Plenty v Manawatu, Rotorua Stadium, Sunday, 4.35pm Read more

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? Read more

PREVIEW: Waikato v Hawke's Bay

Waikato v Hawke's Bay, FMG Stadium, Hamilton, Saturday, 7.35pm Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

PREVIEW: Canterbury v North Harbour (RS)

Canterbury v North Harbour, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Friday, 7.35pm (Ranfurly Shield) Read more

PREVIEW: Auckland v Tasman

Auckland v Tasman, Eden Park, Auckland, 7.35pm Thursday Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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? Read more

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. Read more

PREVIEW: Auckland v Otago

Auckland v Otago, Eden Park, Auckland, Saturday, 7.35pm Read more

PREVIEW: North Harbour v Bay of Plenty

North Harbour v Bay of Plenty, QBE Stadium, Albany, Saturday 2.35pm Read more

PREVIEW: Wellington v Southland

Wellington v Southland, Westpac Stadium, Friday 7.35pm Read more

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. Read more

PREVIEW: Waikato v Canterbury (RS)

After three tense Ranfurly Shield defences, Waikato face their toughest challenge against Premiership high flyers Canterbury in Hamilton. Read more

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. Read more

PREVIEW: North Harbour v Southland

North Harbour v Southland, Albany, Sunday, 2.35pm Read more

PREVIEW: Hawke's Bay v Tasman

Hawke's Bay v Tasman, McLean Park, September 24, 7.35pm Read more

PREVIEW: Canterbury v Otago

Canterbury v Otago, AMI Stadium, 2.35pm Saturday. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

PREVIEW: Auckland v Counties Manukau

Auckland v Counties Manukau, Eden Park, Auckland, Sunday, 2.35pm Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

PREVIEW: Manawatu v Canterbury

Manawatu v Canterbury, Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North, 4.35pm Saturday. Read more

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. Read more

PREVIEW: Wellington v Bay of Plenty

Wellington v Bay of Plenty, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Friday, 7.45pm Read more

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. Read more

PREVIEW: Counties Manukau v Taranaki

Counties Manukau v Taranaki, Ecolight Stadium, Pukekohe, Wednesday, 7.35pm Read more

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. Read more

PREVIEW: Canterbury v Hawke's Bay

Canterbury v Hawke's Bay, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, 2.35pm September 11. Read more

Preview: North Harbour v Manawatu

Defensive resilience meets attacking brilliance in a crucial Championship match on Saturday afternoon. Read more

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. Read more

PREVIEW: Counties Manukau v Wellington

Counties Manukau v Wellington, Pukekohe, 7.45pm, Friday (Jonah Tali Lomu Memorial Trophy) Read more

PREVIEW: Bay of Plenty v Northland

Bay of Plenty v Northland, Rotorua, Rotorua International Stadium, 5.45pm Friday Read more

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. Read more

PREVIEW: Hawke's Bay v Auckland

Hawke's Bay v Auckland, McLean Park, Napier, Wednesday, September 7 Read more

PREVIEW: Bay of Plenty v Otago

Bay of Plenty v Otago, September 4, 2.34pm Read more

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. Read more

PREVIEW: Northland v Canterbury

Northland v Canterbury, Toll Stadium, Whangarei, September 3, 7.35pm Read more

PREVIEW: Wellington v North Harbour

Wellington v North Harbour, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, September 3, 5.35pm Read more

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. Read more

Preview: Tasman v Taranaki

The two sides go into Saturday’s game in differing fashion. Read more

PREVIEW: Southland v Auckland

Southland v Auckland, Rugby Park, Invercargill, September 2, 7.35pm Read more

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. Read more

PREVIEW: Counties Manukau v Bay of Plenty

Counties Manukau v Bay of Plenty, Pukekohe, Sunday 4.35pm. Read more

PREVIEW: Canterbury v Tasman

In battle for Crusaders region bragging rights, Tasman Makos travel south to take on defending Premiership champions Canterbury in Christchurch. Read more

PREVIEW: Waikato v North Harbour (RS)

Ranfurly Shield Challenge, August 27, 2016, 2.45pm Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

PREVIEW: Manawatu v Southland

Manawatu v Southland, Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North 5.45pm Friday Read more

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. 

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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. Read more

Preview: Tasman v Waikato

Another tight all-Premiership contest could come down to experience, as Tasman prepare for a new chapter in their short history.
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Preview: Canterbury v Auckland

August 20, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, 7.35pm Read more

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. Read more

Preview: Hawke's Bay v Wellington

McLean Park, Napier, 5.35pm Read more

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. Read more

Preview: Northland v Manawatu

August 19: Toll Stadium, Whangarei, 7.35pm Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Preview: Waikato v Counties

Counties Manukau enter Friday's match with a lot less pressure on their shoulders compared with a fortnight ago. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Preview: North Harbour v Canterbury

Last year this encounter provided one of the greatest upsets in ITM Cup history. Read more

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. Read more

Preview: Hawke's Bay v Bay of Plenty (RS)

The Battle of the Bays is always a highlight on the provincial calendar. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Preview: Wellington v Otago

With a history dating back to 1883, any match between Wellington and Otago will be significant. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Preview: Counties Manukau v Bay of Plenty

The final match of the fourth round of the 2015 ITM Cup will be staged at ECOLight Stadium in Pukekohe as the hosts look to keep their Premiership campaign on track at the expense of quiet achievers Bay of Plenty. Read more

Preview: Northland v Taranaki

The first of an ITM Cup Sunday double header takes place in Whangarei, as the Northland Taniwha look for their first win of the 2015 season against a struggling Taranaki. Read more

Preview: Hawke’s Bay v North Harbour

The final Saturday ITM Cup contest of the fourth round will see us head to Napier, as Ranfurly Shield holders Hawke’s Bay put the famous Log o’Wood on the line against North Harbour. Read more

Preview: Southland v Wellington

Southland will come off their toughest stretch of the season to host a rampant Wellington team at Rugby Park Stadium at Invercargill in Saturday’s second Round Four ITM Cup match. Read more

Preview: Waikato v Auckland

The first of three matches for 2015 ITM Cup ‘Super Saturday’ Round Four will see Waikato host Auckland first up, with the two Premiership teams and current top four teams looking to keep their title hopes alive. Read more

Preview: Otago v Tasman

Otago have already claimed one significant scalp when beating defending ITM Premiership champions Taranaki away, and will be eyeing up second placegetter Tasman when they meet in Dunedin on Friday night. Read more

Preview: Manawatu v Canterbury

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Preview: Taranaki v Counties Manukau

Taranaki find themselves in a season determining encounter against a Counties Manukau side looking to revive their own season at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth on Wednesday. Read more

Preview: Southland v North Harbour

Points are a must for both Southland and North Harbour as they attempt to get their Championship campaigns on the road in Invercargill late on Sunday afternoon. Read more

Preview: Bay of Plenty v Waikato

Neighbourly rivalry adds plenty to the game at Tauranga Domain at 2.30 on Sunday afternoon as Waikato look to maintain their momentum against a Bay of Plenty side on a high after a win over Southland during the week. Read more

Preview: Taranaki v Otago

By a quirk of ITM Cup draws, Taranaki and Otago haven't met since 2010 and when they meet at Yarrow Stadium at 5.35 on Saturday the home team will be looking to make use of the presence of All Black Beauden Barrett. Read more

Preview: Auckland v Canterbury

Early indications of how two of the competition heavyweights shape up should be seen in the Auckland-Canterbury game at Eden Park at 2.30pm on Saturday. Read more

Preview: Wellington v Northland

Wellington will be looking to make it three from three when hosting Northland in the ITM Cup Championship at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night. Read more

Preview: Counties Manukau v Hawke's Bay

Hawke's Bay return to the scene of their Ranfurly Shield triumph last year when they regained the trophy from Counties Manukau at Pukekohe on Friday and while the Shield is not on the line, plenty rides on the outcome of this ITM Cup crossover game. Read more

Preview: Tasman v Manawatu

The Tasman Makos are riding his on top of the ITM Cup Premiership table after two rounds, and will look to secure that position and extend Manawatu’s winless start to the 2015 competition in the second match of round three. Read more

Preview: Bay of Plenty v Southland

The third round of the ITM Cup gets underway at Mount Maunganui tonight with the Bay of Plenty Steamers hosting the Southland Stags, and the two mid-table teams will be looking to cement their place in the top four of the 2015 Championship division. Read more

Preview: Canterbury v Counties Manukau

The final ITM Cup match of the second round will see Canterbury play at AMI Stadium for the first time during the regular season, hosting fellow Premiership contenders Counties to complete the first two weekends of action for the 2015 campaign. Read more

Preview: Auckland v Taranaki

The first of a double header on ITM Cup Sunday takes place at Eden Park in Auckland, with both heavyweight unions seeking their first win of the 2015 season as the blue and whites host Premiership champion's Taranaki. Read more

Preview: Otago v Hawke's Bay

The third and final match of ITM Cup action on a bumper Saturday will see Forsyth Barr Stadium gear up for their second straight fixture, as Otago look to host Ranfurly Shield holders Hawke’s Bay in a crucial week two clash. Read more

Preview: Northland v Southland

The second match of ITM Cup ‘Super Saturday’ takes place in Whangarei, where the Taniwha prepare to host old rivals Southland, playing their first game in 1947, and ideally putting aside a heavy Shield challenge defeat for this 2015 round two clash. Read more

Preview: Manawatu v Waikato

The Manawatu Turbos gear up for their first home match of the 2015 season, hosting Waikato in Saturday’s first ITM Cup fixture of the day at Palmerston North as both sides look for their first win of the campaign. Read more

Preview: Tasman v Bay of Plenty

Round two of the 2015 ITM Cup features just the solitary Friday night match, with last year’s Premiership runners-up Tasman playing their first home game of the regular season, hosting Bay of Plenty. Read more

Preview: North Harbour v Wellington

The opening match of the second round of the 2015 ITM Cup will take place at QBE Stadium in North Harbour on Thursday night, as the hosts aim for their maiden win of the season against a Wellington team that looks the good early. Read more

Preview: Hawke’s Bay v Northland

The final ITM Cup match of round one takes place at McLean Park in Napier between Hawke’s Bay and Northland, and this Sunday afternoon clash will be for the Ranfurly Shield no less. Read more

Preview: Counties Manukau v Manawatu

The first of two Sunday ITM Cup matches to complete round one of the ITM Cup takes place in Pukekohe, as the Steelers prepare to host the Manawatu Turbos at ECOLight Stadium. Read more

Preview: Otago v Canterbury

The second match of ITM Cup ‘Super Saturday’ sees us head to Forsyth Barr Stadium, were a Southern derby awaits with Otago hosting local rivals Canterbury to continue the first round of action. Read more

Preview: Taranaki v Wellington

The reigning ITM Cup Premiership winners get their 2015 title defence underway against local rivals Wellington, an interesting clash as the Amber and Blacks are the provincial kings, while the Lions will play in the second tier Championship this season. Read more

Preview: Bay of Plenty v North Harbour

The second of a Friday night ITM Cup double header takes place in Tauranga, as Bay of Plenty prepare to host rivals North Harbour in this crucial Championship fixture during round one. Read more

Preview: Waikato v Tasman

The mighty Mooloo men commence their ITM Cup campaign against the 2014 Premiership runners-up Tasman at Waikato Stadium in the first of two Friday matches in the opening round of competition. Read more

Preview: Southland v Auckland

The first match of the ITM Cup begins with the Southland Stags hosting Auckland at Rugby Park Stadium in Invercargill, the maiden game of round one of the 2015 season. Read more

Preview: Taranaki v Tasman

This is the big one, the 2014 ITM Cup Premiership Final, which will see the regular season top of the table Premiership qualifiers host the remarkable Tasman, newly promoted and on the verge of winning the big one. Read more

Preview: Manawatu v Hawke’s Bay

The 2014 ITM Cup Championship Final will take place at FMG Stadium in Palmerston North, with Manawatu and Hawke's Bay seeking promotion to the top flight ITM Cup Premiership. Read more

Preview: Tasman v Canterbury

What a spectacle this promises to be as the fairy-tale of the 2014 ITM Cup, second place qualifiers Tasman, host defending and 11-time champions Canterbury, who for the first time in seven years have to travel for a semi-final. Read more

Preview: Taranaki v Auckland

The Amber and Blacks, top qualifiers in the 2014 ITM Cup Premiership, will welcome the most successful union in the history of the competition, 16-time winners Auckland, for the first major semi-final. Read more

Preview: Manawatu v Southland

The second ITM Cup Championship semi-final for 2014 takes place with top-of-the-table Manawatu hosting fourth placed finishers Southland, with the Turbos chasing a home decider. Read more

Preview: Hawke’s Bay v Northland

The 2014 ITM Cup Finals Series is upon us, and the action begins at McLean Park in Napier, where there will be no Ranfurly Shield up for grabs as Northland heads to town to take on the Hawke's Bay Magpies. Read more

Preview: Taranaki v Canterbury

With a round to play Canterbury will not host a home semi-final in the ITM Cup Premiership despite the top four being confirmed, but Taranaki will, in the penultimate clash of the regular season, be chasing top spot and local rights. Read more

Preview: Hawke’s Bay v Southland

Southland have the double on offer as they make the trip to Napier, a potential top four positon in the ITM Championship semi-finals, and the Ranfurly Shield, as Hawke’s Bay look to lock away the Log o’ Wood for the summer. Read more

Preview: Wellington v North Harbour

This will be a bittersweet ITM Cup match for the hosting Lions, for whatever happens at Westpac Stadium, Wellington will be relegated, but visiting North Harbour are chasing a semi-final position in the Championship. Read more

Preview: Tasman v Counties Manukau

Tasman are secure in the semi-finals but Counties Manukau will know after Auckland's game on Saturday whether their own hopes are still alive in Blenheim on Sunday. Read more

Preview: Auckland v Northland

Auckland face a significant turnaround in both attitude and performance against Northland at Eden Park on Saturday if they are to have any hope of securing an ITM Cup semi-final berth. Read more

Preview: Otago v Manawatu

Manawatu have a home semi-final in the Championship already secured but they won't want to let their momentum slip away to Otago on Friday night. Read more

Preview: Waikato v Bay of Plenty

It might be a dead rubber for home team Waikato but the fact it is a home-based local derby against a franchise partner in Bay of Plenty, who still have plenty to play for, suggests a tough contest in Hamilton on Thursday. Read more

Preview: Counties Manukau v Auckland

Counties Manukau face their old rival, neighbour Auckland in Pukekohe in what is a crucial game for both sides as they attempt to secure their semi-final places. Read more

Preview: Canterbury v Tasman

One never likes to label a clash as the most pivotal regular season matchup, but the recent mortality of Canterbury, coupled with the magical form of provincial neighbours Tasman, means that this ITM Cup Premiership game could potentially decide the major title. Read more

Preview: Bay of Plenty v Otago

Bay of Plenty will want to end their season on a high with the scalp of a fellow ITM Cup Championship side, while Otago, who learned this week that Tony Brown will step down at the end of the season, need a triumph to keep their finals hopes alive. Read more

Preview: Southland v Counties Manukau

This match is in many respects last chance saloon for both provinces final’s chances, with a victory needed to keep their hopes alive for a potential top four berth, even though both Southland and the Steelers are currently outside this cherished group. Read more

Preview: Northland v North Harbour

The Taniwha are seeking a home semi-final, and a bonus point victory here could see Northland take top of the table honours in the ITM Cup Championship with a week to play, while Harbour will want to continue their remarkable journey over the last fortnight. Read more

Preview: Auckland v Waikato

With the top three of the ITM Cup Premiership all but confirmed, this match is in many respects a quarter-final for both unions, a victory will go a long way to securing fourth spot for Auckland, while that position awaits the Mooloo with a bonus point triumph. Read more

Preview: Hawke’s Bay v Wellington

Redemption is a dramatic word to apply to a regular season ITM Cup clash, but this Ranfurly Shield encounter, the Magpies penultimate for 2014 if they are to keep the Log o’Wood locked up for the summer, offers exactly that to a Lions team that could turn things around in just 80 minutes. Read more

Preview: Canterbury v Southland

The defending ITM Cup title holders will want to get their campaign back to where it was after their shock defeat to an impressive North Harbour, while Southland desperately need a win if they are stay in touch with the Championship top four. Read more

Preview: Tasman v Otago

The inform Tasman Makos will look to continue their dream run in the 2014 ITM Cup Premiership when hosting Otago, who have some aspirations of their own in the Championship. Read more

Preview: North Harbour v Hawke’s Bay

It is with a little bit of disappointing irony for Harbour fans that after one of their great performances they host the Ranfurly Shield holders, except Hawke’s Bay are visitors to QBE Stadium so the Log o’ Wood will not be up for grabs in what is the host’s final home match of the 2014 season. Read more

Preview: Counties v Wellington

Counties thin hopes of qualifying for the ITM Cup Premiership semi-finals requires a victory in front of their home fans, while Wellington, whose chances of reaching the top four have evaporated, continue to seek their maiden victory of the 2014 campaign. Read more

Preview: Waikato v Manawatu

In this crossover round seven ITM Cup match, Waikato need a victory towards the backend of the regular season or they will lose touch with the Premiership top four, while Manawatu’s spot at the top of the Championship is under threat. Read more

Preview: Taranaki v Auckland

With Canterbury faltering much to the delight of almost every other ITM Cup union in the country, this crucial clash at Yarrow Stadium takes extra importance as Taranaki could leapfrog the champions into top spot in the Premiership while Auckland will seek to cement their berth in the top four. Read more

Preview: Bay of Plenty v Northland

While Bay of Plenty may have been unsuccessful with a Ranfurly Shield challenge last week, but there were still some promising signs which the Steamers will hope to build upon as Northland arrive in town for this week seven clash. Read more

Preview: North Harbour v Canterbury

The defending champions and ITM Cup Premiership pacesetter Canterbury have made sweeping changes for this crossover match, but it would be foolish to write off a wounded North Harbour team who could turn their season around with the upset of 2014. Read more

Preview: Wellington v Tasman

This will be something of a curious match up, for the home team, the 2013 runners-up, are without a win this campaign and potentially facing relegation, while Tasman look a genuine prospect after being promoted last season. Read more

Preview: Otago v Waikato

The blue and golds might have been unsuccessful with their Ranfurly Shield challenge last week, but there chances of pushing for the ITM Cup Championship title remain alive, as does the Mooloo’s hopes of winning the Premiership. Read more

Preview: Manawatu v Southland

This key ITM Cup Championship fixture will see two teams clash who have demonstrated enough to prove that they can push for the title, and eventual promotion to the Premiership, as Manawatu’s grip on top spot becomes increasingly tenuous. Read more

Preview: Auckland v North Harbour

The famous ‘Battle of the Bridge’ will see Auckland strive for their fourth win of the season which would see them keep touch with the contenders in the ITM Cup Premiership, while North Harbour will look to go back-to-back after recording their first success of the season at Manawatu’s expense. Read more

Preview: Hawke’s Bay v Bay of Plenty

The Magpies put the Ranfurly Shield on the line for the second straight week, and while the tenure has already gone well beyond the six days of 2013, the locals will be keen to see that continue as the Steamers roll into town for a ‘Super Saturday’ of ITM Cup. Read more

Preview: Counties Manukau v Canterbury

Counties might have lost the Ranfurly Shield lately, but a far greater prize is on offer here, the chance to keep in touch of the top four, and become just the 15th team in over five years to lower the colours of the reigning ITM Cup Premiership champions. Read more

Preview: Northland v Taranaki

This clash between two contenders within the Premiership (Taranaki) and Championship (Northland) have a plum goal to achieve from this match, victory will potentially see them end the sixth round of the ITM Cup on top of their respective divisions. Read more

Preview: Southland v Tasman

Tasman are in the middle of a dream run, with the newly promoted Makos showing they are right at home in the ITM Cup Premiership, while Southland, who looked to be struggling, made a statement with an impressive victory over the Taniwha. Read more

Preview: Hawke’s Bay v Otago

The Magpies will gear up for their first Ranfurly Shield defence since winning the Log o’Wood off Counties, hosting an Otago team that might have been touched up by Northland, but no side in the 2014 ITM Cup season has pushed Canterbury like the blue and golds did in round four. Read more

Preview: Waikato v Counties

This match is tricky territory for both teams, for a loss could mean lose touch with the leaders in the ITM Cup Premiership, while a victory could potentially push either the Mooloo or the Steelers in into the top four at the conclusion of the round. Read more

Preview: Southland v Northland

This ITM Cup Championship clash is high stakes, for Southland will be looking for victory at home to keep the Stags in contention, while Northland, one of the surprise packets of 2014, could go top of the table with their fourth win of the season. Read more

Preview: Bay of Plenty v Auckland

Bay of Plenty recorded their first win of the season last week against North Harbour, but going back-to-back for the first time in the 2014 ITM Cup could be difficult as a dangerous Auckland rocks into town. Read more

Preview: Canterbury v Wellington

Usually such matches are hailed as replays of the grand final from the season before, but while Canterbury have looked every bit the defending champions so far, the Lions in 2014 have looked to be a shadow of their most recent vintages. Read more

Preview: North Harbour v Manawatu

Manawatu, who are top of the ITM Cup Championship table, host North Harbour, the bottom side in the same division, as the fifth week of the 2014 season continues at QBE Stadium. Read more

Preview: Tasman v Taranaki

This will be one of the more significant clashes of the season, after all the 2014 ITM Cup Round Five matchup features the Premiership’s second and third placed teams, and the winner in Nelson as heavyweights Taranaki arrive will make a minor break in the race for table honours. Read more

Preview: Otago v Northland

The fifth round of the 2014 ITM Cup gets underway in Dunedin, with this clash being a critical fixture as we enter the middle of the campaign, for the potential winner here will go to second on the Championship table, a position that will not easily be overhauled by the end of the weekend. Read more

Preview: Bay of Plenty v North Harbour

The battle of the two winless ITM Cup Championship teams in Rotorua may come with the bittersweet fact that Bay of Plenty or North Harbour are likely to break their drought in 2014, but the losing team will be faced with the tough task to avoid the ‘wooden spoon’. Read more

Preview: Manawatu v Counties

Top of the Championship table Manawatu will face former Ranfurly Shield holders Counties Manakau in the penultimate clash of the fourth round of the 2014 ITM Cup in Palmerston North. Read more

Preview: Taranaki v Southland

This will be an interesting clash, as the hosts are generating a head of steam, seeking their third straight win and consolidation of their top four berth in the Premiership. Read more

Preview: Auckland v Wellington

This match is one that some rugby traditionalists may think is happening in some strange parallel universe, with Auckland, the most successful New Zealand province with 16 titles and over 180 supplied All Blacks, against a Wellington team that has reached nine of the last 15 finals - the two bottom sides of the Premiership table. Read more

Preview: Tasman v Waikato

The Makos are fast emerging as the darlings of the ITM Cup rugby, firmly entrenched in the top four of the Premiership, and a clear candidate for the title, but they host an exciting Waikato team that got their campaign back on track in Albany on Saturday. Read more

Preview: Northland v Hawke’s Bay

The Ranfurly Shield holders play their first match since winning the famous trophy, however unfortunately for the Taniwha, they are hosting the Magpies and hence the Log o’Wood will not be going anywhere regardless of this game’s result. Read more

Preview: Otago v Canterbury

The defending ITM Cup Premiership champions travel down south to play their great Southern rivals, now a Championship outfit but no less dangerous to the red and blacks despite recent lopsided results. Read more

Preview: Manawatu v Bay of Plenty

The stakes will be high in Palmerston North as we open the fourth round of the 2014 ITM Cup, with the hosting Turbos having the chance to make a break in the Championship, while the Steamers are one of three teams still seeking their first win of the season. Read more