New Zealand National Rugby Sevens Tournament

New Zealand National Rugby Sevens Tournament

New Zealand National Rugby Sevens Tournament
Current season or competition:
2013 Pub Charity Sevens
Sport Rugby union
Founded 1975
No. of teams 16
Country  New Zealand
Most recent champion(s)

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

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

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

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

The following teams have participated in the tournament:

Province Appearances Championships 2009 Placing
15px Auckland 2005-2009 2005,2006,2007,2008
15px Bay of Plenty 2006,2008-2009
15px Buller 2006
15px Canterbury 2006,2008-2009
15px Counties Manukau 2006,2008-2009
15px Hawke's Bay 2006,2008-2009
15px Horowhenua-Kapiti 2008-2009
15px Manawatu 2006,2008-2009
15px North Harbour 2004,2006,2008-2009 2004, 2009
15px North Otago 2005
15px Northland 2008-2009
15px Otago 2004-2009
15px Otago Country 2007, 2009
15px South Canterbury 2006,2008,2010
Southland 2006,2008-2009
15px Taranaki 2006,2008-2009
15px Tasman 2008
15px Waikato 2006,2008-2009
15px Wellington 2006,2008-2009
15px West Coast 2006,2008-2009

Past winners

1975-2003

Year Champion Venue
1975 Marlborough Auckland
1976 Marlborough Christchurch
1977 Blenheim
1978 Hamilton
1979 Palmerston North
1980 Palmerston North
1981 Taranaki Palmerston North
1982 Taranaki Feilding
1983 Feilding
1984 Feilding
1985 Feilding
1986 Feilding
1989 Christchurch
1990 Pukekohe
1991 Palmerston North
1992 Palmerston North
1993 Palmerston North
1994 Palmerston North
1995 Palmerston North
1996 Palmerston North
1997 Rotorua
1998 Rotorua
1999 North Harbour Palmerston North
2000 Palmerston North
2001 Palmerston North
2002 Palmerston North

2004-2011

Year Champion Score Runner up Stadium Plate Bowl Shield
2004 Queenstown Recreation Ground
2005 Queenstown Recreation Ground
2006 43 - 12 Queenstown Recreation Ground
2007 36 - 17 Queenstown Recreation Ground
2008 24 - 15 Queenstown Recreation Ground
2009 29 - 26 Queenstown Recreation Ground Southland
2010 21 - 14 Queenstown Recreation Ground Southland
2011 36 - 26 Queenstown Recreation Ground
2012 36 - 24 Queenstown Recreation Ground
2013 Queenstown Recreation Ground

References

External links

  • Official Site
  • Pub Charity Official Site