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Collated Provincial Rugby Squads

Wellington, July 27 NZPA - Collated squads for the Air NZ Cup provincial rugby competition (*denotes new coach):

AUCKLAND

Champions: 1982, 84-85, 87-90, 93-96, 99, 2002-03, 05, 07.

Last season: 11th

Coach: Mark Anscombe*

Tri-Nations: Shock New Commentary Pairing as Boks Down All Blacks

Tri-Nations: Shock New Commentary Pairing as Boks Down All Blacks

“Welcome to Bloemfontein, I'm Rupert Murdoch. In my capacity as owner of Southern Hemisphere rugby, I have put the two coaches together in a dynamic new pay per view commentary team”.

Survival The Key For Embattled Provinces

Survival The Key For Embattled Provinces

Auckland, July 27 NZPA - It is often frowned upon as defeatist, but the sporting mantra of placing participation ahead of winning certainly resonates during this season's provincial rugby competition.

All Eyes On Manawatu Rookie

All Eyes On Manawatu Rookie

Wellington, July 27 NZPA - Promising Manawatu first five-eighth Aaron Cruden, who had to battle cancer before resuming his rugby career this year, has the opportunity during the forthcoming Air New Zealand Cup to snag an All Black berth.

Wellington's Ranfurly Shield Defence Schedule

Wellington's Ranfurly Shield Defence Schedule

Auckland, July 27 NZPA - Ranfurly Shield holders Wellington are required to defend it six times this rugby season.

Their tenure with the trophy started on September 20 last year when they beat Auckland 27-0 at Eden Park.

Air New Zealand Cup Draw

Air New Zealand Cup Draw

Wellington, July 27 NZPA - Air NZ Cup rugby schedule:

Round 1

Thursday, July 30: Tasman v Taranaki, Blenheim, 7.35

Friday, July 31: Bay of Plenty v Northland, Rotorua, 7.35; Wellington v Otago (Ranfurly Shield), Wellington, 7.35

Expansive Mistakes Won't Deter All Blacks

By Daniel Gilhooly of NZPA

Durban, July 27 NZPA - Another win for pragmatic over enigmatic rugby, but the All Blacks are set to persist with width in the Tri-Nations rematch against South Africa in Durban on Sunday morning (NZT).

Air New Zealand Cup Factbox

Wellington, July 27 NZPA - Previous national provincial rugby winners:

NPC

1976 - Bay of Plenty

1977 - Canterbury

1978 - Wellington

1979 - Counties

1980 - Manawatu

1981 - Wellington

1982 - Auckland

1983 - Canterbury

Parade Of Nations At The Junior Motocross World Champs In Taupo

There are less than four weeks until the world's best junior riders arrive in Taupo for the 2009 RoadCraft FIM Junior Motocross World Championship on August 15-16.

No Comeback From Poor First Quarter By Tall Blacks

No Comeback From Poor First Quarter By Tall Blacks

Wellington, July 27 NZPA - New Zealand suffered their first defeat at the Trentino Cup basketball tournament in Italy this morning (NZtime) going down 70-88 to hosts Italy.