List of New Zealand rugby union teams

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This is the list of the main first-class rugby union teams in New Zealand, including national teams, Super Rugby teams, Mitre 10 Cup teams, and Heartland Championship teams. The list does not include women's teams, local club or school teams, inactive teams, such as the North and South Island teams, or non-geographic representative teams, such as the New Zealand Universities, Marist, or Barbarians sides.

A map of NZRU provincial boundaries

National representative teams[edit]

Super Rugby teams[edit]

North Island unions[edit]

Team Formed Division Changes
Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland 1883 Mitre 10 Cup
Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty 1911 Mitre 10 Cup
Bush 1890 - 1971 merged with Wairarapa in 1971
Centralvikings.png Central Vikings 1997-1998 short-term merger of Manawatu and Hawke's Bay
CountiesAirNZ.png Counties Manukau 1955 Mitre 10 Cup
Ecoast.png East Coast 1922 Heartland Championship
Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay 1884 Mitre 10 Cup
Hkapiti.png Horowhenua-Kapiti 1893 Heartland Championship
Kcountry.png King Country 1922 Heartland Championship
Manawhenua 1924-1933 short-term merger of Horowhenua and Manawatu
ManawatuTurbosColours.png Manawatu 1886 Mitre 10 Cup
NorthHarbourRugby.png North Harbour 1985 Mitre 10 Cup
NLTaniwha.png Northland 1920 Mitre 10 Cup Formerly North Auckland 1920-1994
Povertybay.png Poverty Bay 1890 Heartland Championship
TaranakiRugby.png Taranaki 1885 Mitre 10 Cup
Thamesvalley.png Thames Valley 1921 Heartland Championship
Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato 1921 Mitre 10 Cup Formerly South Auckland 1909-1921
Wairarapa 1886 - 1971 merged with Bush in 1971
Wbush.png Wairarapa Bush 1971 Heartland Championship Merger with Wairarapa and Bush
Whanganuicolors.png Wanganui 1888 Heartland Championship
Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington 1879 Mitre 10 Cup

South Island unions[edit]

Team Formed Division Changes
Buller Rugby (colours).png Buller 1894 Heartland Championship
CanterburyColours.png Canterbury 1879 Mitre 10 Cup
Mcantab.png Mid Canterbury 1904 Heartland Championship Formerly Asburton County 1927-1952
Golden Bay-Motueka 1920-1967 merged with Nelson in 1967
MarlboroughRU.png Marlborough 1888-2005
Nelson 1885-1967 merged with Golden Bay-Motueka in 1967
Nelsonbays.png Nelson Bays 1968-2005 Merger of Golden Bay-Motueka and Nelson
Northotago.png North Otago 1904 Heartland Championship
Otagorugby.png Otago 1881 Mitre 10 Cup
Scantab.png South Canterbury 1888 Heartland Championship
SouthlandRugby.png Southland 1887 Mitre 10 Cup
TasmanMakosRugbyColours.png Tasman 2006 Mitre 10 Cup Merger of Marlborough and Nelson Bays
Wcoast.png West Coast 1890 Heartland Championship

See also[edit]