- Air New Zealand Cup
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current_season=2008 Air New Zealand Cup
champion= AucklandThe Air New Zealand Cup is
New Zealand's professional domestic rugby unioncompetition. It was founded in 2006 with 14 teams, after the NPC was split into two separate competitions. The other 12 provincial teams from the NPC now compete in the amateur Heartland Championship. New Zealand also has five teams in Super 14, an elite competition which also involves sides from Australiaand South Africa.
The Air New Zealand Cup is held annually. 14 provincial teams participate, and they each play ten round-robin games; this means that each side misses playing three others. Table points are earned for winning, drawing, losing by seven points or less, and by scoring four or more tries (see
rugby union bonus points system). The top eight teams at the end of the round robin then play a quarter-finals round, followed by semi-finals, and then the final.cite web| url=http://www.superbru.com/airnzcup/news.asp?id=121 |title=Welcome to SuperBru Air NZ Cup! |publisher=superbru.com |accessdate=2007-08-31]
The 2006 reorganisation of New Zealand provincial rugby replaced the NPC's former three-division setup with two distinct competitions. This differs from the original two-division setup used in the NPC from its creation in 1976 through 1984 in two key ways. First, the two current competitions are nationwide, while the original NPC Division Two was split on a North Island/South Island basis. Second, the NZRU ruled that there would initially be no promotion or relegation between the Air New Zealand Cup and Heartland Championship—a feature that had always been present in the former NPC.
Also, the number of teams was reduced to 26, as the Marlborough and Nelson Bays unions merged to form the new Tasman union.
2006expansion of the Super 12 and Tri Nations Serieshad a major effect on the Air New Zealand Cup. This expansion created the Super 14, adding two extra fixtures to that competition, and also added two more Tri-Nations matches for the All Blacks, at least in non-World Cup years. Because of these changes, it was intended for players in the All Blacksselection pool to make only limited appearances in the Air New Zealand Cup.
August 11, 2008the New Zealand Rugby Union initially announced that Tasman and Northland would both be relegated from the Air New Zealand Cup after the completion of the 2008 season. Both teams failed to meet criteria which included financial stability, population, player training and development, playing history, and administration. This decision was reversed towards the end of the 2008 season, with Tasman and Northland remaining in the competition for two more years http://www.stuff.co.nz/4707075a1823.html]
Air New Zealand Cup teams
The following teams contest the Air New Zealand Cup:
*Includes NPC First Division championships
Air New Zealand Cup winners
2006 Air New Zealand Cup
2007 Air New Zealand Cup
2008 Air New Zealand Cup
List of attendance figures at domestic professional sports leagues— the Air New Zealand Cup and NPC in a worldwide context
National Provincial Championship
* [http://www.allblacks.com/airnewzealandcup/ Air New Zealand Cup official website]
* [http://www.primerugby.com/airnewzealandcup/ Air New Zealand Cup News from Prime Rugby]
* [http://www.ANZRugby.com ANZ Rugby News]
* [http://www.NPCRugby.com NPC Rugby News]
* [http://files.allblacks.com/AirNZ_cup_2006_comp_structure.pdf Summary of the 2006 Air New Zealand Cup format at allblacks.com] (PDF)
* [http://www.nzvirtualsport.co.nz Virtual Air NZ Cup Game]
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