Lochore Cup

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The Lochore Cup is a New Zealand rugby union trophy named after famed Wairarapa Bush and All Blacks player and coach Brian Lochore. It is contested during the Heartland Championship. It was first awarded in 2006, when the Heartland Championship format was introduced.


Regular Season[edit]

At present, all 12 teams play 8 games over 8 weeks before the finals. Once finished, the teams placed 5-8 advance to the Lochore Cup finals. The top 4 teams play for the Meads Cup. Previously, a pool system was used between 2006 and 2010 to determine who played for the Cups.


The Lochore Cup winner is determined in four-team single-elimination tournament. The semifinal matchups are seeded 1-4 and 2-3, with the higher seed receiving home field advantage. The highest remaining seed hosts the Lochore Cup final.


Year Lochore Cup Winner
2006 Povertybay.png Poverty Bay
2007 Povertybay.png Poverty Bay
2008 Povertybay.png Poverty Bay
2009 Northotago.png North Otago
2010 Wbush.png Wairarapa Bush
2011 Povertybay.png Poverty Bay
2012 Buller Rugby (colours).png Buller
2013 Scantab.png South Canterbury
2014 Whanganuicolors.png Wanganui
2015 Kcountry.png King Country
2016 Northotago.png North Otago
2017 Mcantab.png Mid Canterbury
2018 Hkapiti.png Horowhenua-Kapiti
2019 Scantab.png South Canterbury

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