New Zealand National Rugby Sevens Tournament

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New Zealand National Rugby Sevens Tournament
Current season, competition or edition:
2013 Pub Charity Sevens
Sport Rugby union
Founded 1975
No. of teams 16
Country  New Zealand
Most recent champion(s) Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland

The New Zealand National Rugby Sevens Tournament (for sponsorship reasons also known as the Pub Charity NZ Rugby Sevens tournament) is an annual rugby sevens tournament held in Queenstown, New Zealand. Each year it features the best sixteen teams in the country competing over two days.

The tournament is promoted by Sevens with Altitude, working in association with the Otago Rugby Football Union and the New Zealand Rugby Union.

History[edit]

The New Zealand National Rugby Sevens Tournament was first held in 1975 in Auckland, where Marlborough were the very first champions. Since then the tournament has been held every year (except 1987, 1988, and 2003) and held at various venues. The tournament has been held in Queenstown since 2004, before this Palmerston North hosted the event.[1]

2009 is the first tournament where the entire event has been screened live by Sky TV.[2]

The event also serves as an opportunity for players to be selected for the New Zealand Sevens side, as the squad is selected shortly after the event.[3]

Format[edit]

The sixteen teams are divided into four pools. On day one each team plays the other three teams in its pool. The top two teams from each pool qualify for the championship playoffs while the bottom two enter the bowl competition.

Venue[edit]

The tournament was first held in Auckland in 1975. Since then it has been held at Christchurch, Blenheim, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Feilding, Pukekohe, Rotorua and since 2004 it has been held at the Queenstown Recreation Ground, which is usually the home of the Wakatipu Rugby Club.

Participants[edit]

A map of NZRU provincial union boundaries, including unions competing in both the Air New Zealand Cup and Heartland Championship

The following teams have participated in the tournament:

Province Appearances Championships 2009 Placing
Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland 2005-2009 2005,2006,2007,2008
Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty 2006,2008-2009
Buller.png Buller 2006
CanterburyColours.png Canterbury 2006,2008-2009
CountiesAirNZ.png Counties Manukau 2006,2008-2009
Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay 2006,2008-2009
Hkapiti.png Horowhenua-Kapiti 2008-2009
Turbos.png Manawatu 2006,2008-2009
Harbour.png North Harbour 2004,2006,2008-2009 2004, 2009
Northotago.png North Otago 2005
NLTaniwha.png Northland 2008-2009
Otagorugby.png Otago 2004-2009
Otagorugby.png Otago Country 2007, 2009
Scantab.png South Canterbury 2006,2008,2010
Southland.png Southland 2006,2008-2009
Naki.png Taranaki 2006,2008-2009
Makos.png Tasman 2008
Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato 2006,2008-2009
Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington 2006,2008-2009
Wcoast.png West Coast 2006,2008-2009

Past winners[edit]

1975–2003[edit]

Year Champion Venue
1975 Povertybay.png Marlborough Auckland
1976 Povertybay.png Marlborough Christchurch
1977 Turbos.png Manawatu Blenheim
1978 Turbos.png Manawatu Hamilton
1979 Turbos.png Manawatu Palmerston North
1980 Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland Palmerston North
1981 Naki.png Taranaki Palmerston North
1982 Naki.png Taranaki Feilding
1983 Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland Feilding
1984 Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland Feilding
1985 CountiesAirNZ.png Counties Manukau Feilding
1986 Harbour.png North Harbour Feilding
1989 Harbour.png North Harbour Christchurch
1990 Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland Pukekohe
1991 Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland Palmerston North
1992 Harbour.png North Harbour Palmerston North
1993 CanterburyColours.png Canterbury Palmerston North
1994 CountiesAirNZ.png Counties Manukau Palmerston North
1995 CountiesAirNZ.png Counties Manukau Palmerston North
1996 Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato Palmerston North
1997 Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato Rotorua
1998 Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato Rotorua
1999 Harbour.pngNorth Harbour Palmerston North
2000 Harbour.png North Harbour Palmerston North
2001 Harbour.png North Harbour Palmerston North
2002 Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington Palmerston North

2004-2011[edit]

Year Champion Score Runner up Stadium Plate Bowl Shield
2004 Harbour.png North Harbour Otagorugby.png Otago Queenstown Recreation Ground
2005 Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland Queenstown Recreation Ground
2006 Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland 43 - 12 Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington Queenstown Recreation Ground Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty Southland.png Southland CanterburyColours.png Canterbury
2007 Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland 36 - 17 CanterburyColours.png Canterbury Queenstown Recreation Ground CountiesAirNZ.png Counties Manukau Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington NLTaniwha.png Northland
2008 Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland 24 - 15 CountiesAirNZ.png Counties Manukau Queenstown Recreation Ground Turbos.png Manawatu Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington Makos.png Tasman
2009 Harbour.png North Harbour 29 - 26 CountiesAirNZ.png Counties Manukau Queenstown Recreation Ground Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington Otagorugby.png Otago Southland.png Southland
Year Venue Cup Plate Bowl Shield
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Winner Winner
2010 Recreation Ground,
Queenstown
Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png
Waikato
21 – 14 Bopcolours.png
Bay of Plenty
Harbour.png
North Harbour
Hkapiti.png
Template:Rut Horowhenua Kapiti
2011 Recreation Ground,
Queenstown
Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png
Auckland
36 – 26 Naki.png
Taranaki
Harbour.png
North Harbour
Turbos.png
Manawatu
CanterburyColours.png
Canterbury
2012 Recreation Ground,
Queenstown
Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png
Auckland
36 – 24 Otagorugby.png
Otago
2013
Details
Recreation Ground,
Queenstown
Naki.png
Taranaki
32 – 17 Harbour.png
North Harbour
Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png
Auckland
Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png
Hawke's Bay
CountiesAirNZ.png
Counties Manukau

References[edit]

  1. ^ Queenstown shaping up for sevens fest The Southland Times, 9 January 2008
  2. ^ Pub Charity Sevens to kick off the 2008 rugby year Sky Sport
  3. ^ "NZ rugby sevens in Queenstown". One Sport. 13 January 2006. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 

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