ITM Cup - Future

Future

The NZRU announced that the Air New Zealand Cup will be reduced to a 10 team competition either in 2010 or 2011. However, this did not happen, and the 14 teams remain, structured into two divisions. The new structure will see a Premier Division, First Division with the Heartland Championship running underneath.

The key principles agreed at the time were that the competitions must:

  • Include Super Rugby players;
  • Have a stand-alone window;
  • Feature a full round-robin and playoffs;
  • Have promotion-relegation;
  • Guarantee four and five home games per team;
  • Be completed within a 10–12 week window; and
  • Conclude by the end of October.

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