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Premiership final preview: Auckland v Canterbury

The first ever Eden Park Auckland-Canterbury provincial decider looks evenly matched, but the home side will take slight favouritism due to its consistently good 2018 form. Read more

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL PREVIEW: Waikato v Otago

Waikato have the chance to bounce straight back up to the Premiership after being relegated last year but face a confident Otago side who lifted the Ranfurly Shield the last time they visited Hamilton. Read more

Premiership semifinal preview: Auckland v Wellington

The time-honoured rivals meet in an Eden Park semifinal for the first time since 2006, when Wellington took the spoils 30-15. Read more

Championship semifinal preview: Waikato v Northland

All signs point to Waikato sailing into the Championship final, but Northland will give it death as rank underdogs in Hamilton. Read more

PREVIEW: Otago v Hawke's Bay (semifinal)

Having already tasted success in Dunedin this year, Hawke's Bay will go into their Mitre 10 Cup Championship semifinal with confidence high on Saturday. Read more

Premiership Semifinal Preview: Tasman v Canterbury

Tasman will be after Crusaders bragging rights and revenge for their loss in last year’s Premiership final when they host Canterbury in a blockbuster Premiership semifinal on Friday night. Read more

PREVIEW: Auckland v North Harbour

Auckland will have a score to settle after last season's loss to North Harbour when the two neighbours meet in the Mitre 10 Cup game at Eden Park on Sunday. Read more

PREVIEW: Manawatu v Southland

Hopes of Southland finally breaking their two-season duck have taken a blow with Manawatu calling up its All Black resources for Sunday's Mitre 10 Cup Championship round robin finale in Palmerston North. Read more

PREMIERSHIP PREVIEW: Counties Manukau v Canterbury

With one team playing for Premiership survival and the other for a home semifinal, the stage is set for a cracking encounter between Counties Manukau and Canterbury on Saturday night in Pukekohe. Read more

Championship preview: Waikato v Otago (RS)

Waikato will defend the famous Log o’ Wood for the third time in this tenure against an Otago side that knows a win will not only bring the Shield to Dunedin, but also a home Championship semi. Read more

Championship preview: Bay of Plenty v Northland

There is more riding on this Championship clash than at first glance, with the Taniwha seeking momentum heading into the semis, while the Steamers will be anxious to finish a frustrating season on a high. Read more

PREVIEW: Taranaki v Wellington

Wellington are chasing a place in the playoffs and Taranaki are looking to avoid relegation when the sides meet in New Plymouth in Mitre 10 Cup Premiership action on Friday. Read more

Crossover preview: Tasman v Hawke’s Bay

A home Premiership semifinal beckons for the Mako, should they win, while the Magpies will seek to lock in second position in the Championship, should they triumph. Read more

Crossover preview: Southland v Auckland

This crossover clash is full of meaning for both sides, visiting Auckland seeking to lock down a home semifinal, while home-town Southland will be desperate for a full 80-minute effort to arrest this losing streak of two years and two days. Read more

Crossover preview: Otago v Tasman

Otago still harbours high hopes of a home semifinal in the Championship, while Tasman likewise needs the win to keep in the hunt for a home Premiership semifinal. Read more

Championship preview: Southland v Bay of Plenty

Neither side has any tangible winning form to speak of leading into this encounter, so expect some open rugby as they play for pride and the W. Read more

PREVIEW: Canterbury v Taranaki

Canterbury will be looking to keep pressure on at the top of the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership table to push their case for a home semifinal when playing Taranaki on Saturday evening in Christchurch. Read more

Premiership preview: North Harbour v Counties Manukau

Both North Harbour and Counties Manukau have clear but very different goals out of this Premiership clash, other than victory. Read more

Championship preview: Northland v Waikato

Northland needs just one point to be assured of a Championship semifinal place, while Waikato would love nothing more than to be top qualifier heading into the playoffs. Read more

PREVIEW: Hawke's Bay v Manawatu

Hawke's Bay will be looking for a convincing win over neighbours Manawatu on Friday in order to build their hopes of gaining a home semifinal in the Mitre 10 Cup Championship. Read more

Premiership preview: Wellington v Auckland

For the first time since 2014, these rivals face each other down and there is much to play for, namely home Premership semifinal berths. Read more

PREVIEW: Otago v Bay of Plenty

Pushing for a home semifinal in the Mitre 10 Cup Championship will be the goal for Otago when hosting a war-torn Bay of Plenty side in Dunedin on Wednesday. Read more

Crossover preview: Canterbury v Hawke’s Bay

Both sides are in solid form in their respective sections, and both still have home semifinals to play for. Read more

PREVIEW: Counties Manukau v Northland

Counties Manukau, needing a win, will face a Northland side looking to bounce back from their 41-55 loss to Hawke's Bay in midweek when they meet in a Mitre 10 Cup crossover game in Pukekohe on Sunday. Read more

Premiership preview: Wellington v Tasman

The Wellington-Tasman rivalry is relatively new but no less intense than many time-honoured match-ups, and both sides are well ensconced in the Premiership top four. Read more

PREVIEW: Taranaki v North Harbour

Taranaki have a chance to get their season back on track when hosting North Harbour in their Mitre 10 Cup Premiership game in New Plymouth on Saturday. Read more

Championship preview: Waikato v Southland (RS)

Waikato has a Ranfurly Shield to retain and top billing in the Championship to maintain, while Southland has almost everything to play for in Hamilton. Read more

CROSSOVER PREVIEW: Auckland v Otago

Auckland have the chance to extend their flawless record in 2018 when they host Otago in a Mitre 10 Cup crossover clash at Eden Park on Friday night. Read more

PREVIEW: Bay of Plenty v Manawatu

Both home team Bay of Plenty and visitors Manawatu could do with the boost a win would give to their flagging Mitre 10 Championship campaigns when they meet in Rotorua on Thursday. Read more

CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW: Hawke’s Bay v Northland

It’s set to be season-defining clash between Hawke’s Bay and Northland with the winner moving into a strong position for a home semifinal with the playoffs fast approaching. Read more

CROSSOVER PREVIEW: Manawatu v Wellington

With just four games remaining, it is do-or-die for the Turbos if they are to push for a Championship play offs spot when they take on Wellington in Palmerston North on Sunday. Read more

Premiership preview: Tasman v Counties Manukau

The Mako were far from their best midweek against the Turbos, so their tweaked match-day 23 will be anxious to stamp their quality over the Counties Manukau Steelers, who must win to ease relegation fears. Read more

PREVIEW: Otago v Canterbury

Otago, attempting to make their way in the Mitre 10 Cup Championship face a Canterbury side looking to bounce back from their Premiership loss to Auckland when playing in Dunedin on Saturday. Read more

PREMIERSHIP PREVIEW: Taranaki v Auckland

Taranaki came into the 2018 season as one of the Premiership favourites but find themselves in a must-win situation when they host front-runners Auckland in New Plymouth on Saturday. Read more

Crossover preview: Hawke’s Bay v North Harbour

North Harbour kept alive its semifinal hopes last weekend, so will want to build on that momentum, while Hawke’s Bay must reset for the Championship semifinals after a disappointing Shield challenge. Read more

CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW: Bay of Plenty v Waikato

It’s a Chiefs country grudge match with Waikato and Bay of Plenty clashing in Rotorua on Friday night. Read more

Championship preview: Northland v Southland

The Taniwha are starting to cook with gas, but still need the W to cement their place in the Championship top four, while the search for the Stags’ first victory in two years continues. Read more

PREVIEW: Manawatu v Tasman

Manawatu face a daunting task in trying to recover from their mid-season slump when hosting Tasman in Palmerston North on Wednesday. Read more

Crossover preview: North Harbour v Bay of Plenty

The stakes are high for North Harbour, bottom of the Premiership ladder, while Bay of Plenty must win to stay in touch with the Championship front-runners. Read more

PREMIERSHIP PREVIEW: Counties Manukau v Wellington

The memory of Jonah Lomu will loom large as his two former teams battle it out in a crunch Premiership clash at Navigation Homes Stadium on Saturday. Read more

PREVIEW: Canterbury v Auckland

It may be club day for Canterbury but there is more of a look of days gone by when they meet top of the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership Auckland at Christchurch Stadium on Sunday. Read more

CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW: Northland v Manawatu

With just one win each in 2018, Northland and Manawatu are set for a crunch clash in Whangarei with the loser facing a tough path to the playoffs. Read more

Championship preview: Southland v Otago

Southland would dearly love a home win to perhaps move off the foot of the Championship ladder, while Otago needs to rediscover that magic formula that devastated Manawatu a fortnight ago. Read more

PREVIEW: Tasman v Taranaki

Both Tasman and Taranaki are coming back from sizeable losses when they meet in Nelson on Friday and neither side can afford another loss at this stage of the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership. Read more

PREVIEW: Waikato v Hawke's Bay

Waikato know Hawke's Bay will have every motivation in their Ranfurly Shield challenge Mitre 10 Cup crossover game in Hamilton on Thursday as it was Waikato who ended the Bay's last Shield era in 2014. Read more

PREMIERSHIP PREVIEW: North Harbour v Canterbury

The Mitre 10 Cup may only be four rounds deep but the pressure is already on last year’s semifinalists North Harbour who sit at the bottom of the Premiership and face an acid test against reigning champions Canterbury in Albany on Wednesday night. Read more

PREVIEW: Wellington v North Harbour

Both sides have plenty to prove when Wellington host North Harbour in their Sunday game in the capital after their recent losses. Read more

PREVIEW: Taranaki v Waikato (Ranfurly Shield)

Two teams with great Ranfurly Shield history lock horns for the famous ‘log ‘o wood’ when Taranaki host Waikato at the Bull Ring on Sunday afternoon. Read more

CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW: Otago v Northland

It’s moving week for one of these teams in the Championship with the winner set to move inside the top four and the loser falling off the pace slightly as Otago host Northland at Forsyth Barr Stadium. Read more

Championship preview: Hawke’s Bay v Bay of Plenty

The Championship leaders meet for the 51st time to decide who can definitively call themselves ‘The Bay’ for the rest of the season, while the Steamers will also defend the MacRae-Shelford Cup in Napier. Read more

PREVIEW: Southland v Counties Manukau

Southland want to get a much-needed win but they will strike a Counties Manukau riding on confidence when they meet in their Mitre 10 Cup crossover game in Invercargill on Saturday. Read more

PREVIEW: Auckland v Tasman

Auckland will face the toughest test of their Mitre 10 Cup Premiership campaign when hosting another unbeaten side, Tasman, at Eden Park on Friday. Read more

Crossover preview: Canterbury v Manawatu

The defending champion Canterbury is slowly coming onto its game, while the visiting Turbos have hit two stark reality checks, making this crossover clash a vital juncture in their season. Read more

PREVIEW: Waikato v Wellington

Round four of the Mitre 10 Cup begins with a clash between the two sides that switched places in the Premiership and Championship last year with Waikato hosting Wellington in Hamilton. Read more

PREVIEW: Northland v Taranaki

Round three of the Mitre 10 Cup is closed out with an intriguing crossover clash as the highly entertaining Northland Taniwha host Premiership contenders Taranaki in Whangarei on Sunday afternoon. Read more

Crossover preview: Hawke’s Bay v Counties Manukau

Hawke’s Bay has led the way in the Championship division, with good away wins over Southland and Otago taking the Magpies to the top of the standings, while the Steelers have lost three tight games and will feel they are due for some luck, Read more

PREVIEW: North Harbour v Tasman

A clash of two of the unbeaten premiership sides in the Mitre 10 Cup will place plenty of attention on Albany's QBE Stadium on Saturday evening when North Harbour host Tasman. Read more

Championship preview: Manawatu v Otago

Even at this early stage of the season, this Championship clash looms as pivotal to the respective fortunes of Manawatu and Otago, with the pressure more so on the 0-2 southerners. Read more

PREVIEW: Bay of Plenty v Canterbury

Bay of Plenty, already with two Mitre 10 Cup Premiership scalps, will face their toughest Test to date when hosting Canterbury in Tauranga on Saturday. Read more

PREVIEW: Wellington v Southland

Taking on two of the top Mitre 10 Cup Premiership sides, Tasman on Sunday and Wellington on Friday is tough on a Southland team battling to regain its winning touch. Read more

Crossover preview: Auckland v Waikato

Thursday night rugby comes to Eden Park, with both teams having contrasting fortunes in the opening fortnight of the Mitre 10 Cup. Read more

PREVIEW: Counties Manukau v Taranaki

Round three of the Mitre 10 Cup gets underway with a clash between Chiefs partners Counties Manukau and Taranaki in Pukekohe with the Steelers searching for their first win of 2018. Read more

PREVIEW: Northland v Auckland

It’s the battle of the north as Auckland travel to Whangarei to take on Blues Super Rugby partners Northland at Toll Stadium on Saturday. Read more

PREVIEW: Tasman v Southland

Knowing Tasman have set the pace in the Mitre 10 Cup for 2018 lowly Southland face a demanding game in Blenheim on Sunday. Read more

Crossover preview: Waikato v North Harbour

Championship outfit Waikato will need to swiftly right the ship after the Mooloos’ opening defeat to Manawatu, while Premiership team North Harbour will want to be more convincing than it showed on opening night against Northland. Read more

Premiership preview: Canterbury v Wellington

There are several juicy strands to the only Premiership clash of the round: Canterbury will be after a measure of revenge after the 2017 demolition, and anxious to bounce back from a rare opening round defeat, while the Lions will be keen to build on their promise from the win over Otago. Read more

PREVIEW: Otago v Hawke’s Bay

After picking up a bonus point win over Southland last week, Hawke’s Bay have the chance to make it a clean-sweep over the Highlanders partners when they take on Otago at Forsyth-Barr Stadium on Friday. Read more

PREVIEW: Taranaki v Manawatu (RS)

Having lost their opening game of the Mitre 10 Cup Ranfurly Shield holders Taranaki will know they face a tough defence when hosting Manawatu in New Plymouth on Friday night. Read more

PREVIEW: Counties Manukau v Bay of Plenty

Heavy rain since the weekend is likely to suit the home town Counties Manukau Steelers forward pack when they take on a confident Bay of Plenty Steamers side on Thursday night. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

PREVIEW: Manawatu v Waikato

Waikato face a tough assignment against Manawatu in Palmerston North as they bid to return to the Premiership division. Read more

Premiership preview: Auckland v Counties Manukau

Match details: Saturday August 18, 5.05pm at Eden Park, Auckland Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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 Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

PREVIEW: Waikato v Wellington

Waikato’s season is on the line when they host Championship front-runners Wellington in Hamilton on Saturday afternoon. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

PREVIEW: Auckland v Taranaki

Auckland face a tough turnaround from their Sunday defeat by North Harbour when playing Taranaki at Eden Park on Saturday. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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.

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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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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