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11th March 2014 09:50

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Canterbury ITM Cup Champions 2013

Holders: Canterbury

Taranaki will open this year's ITM Cup campaign by hosting Ranfurly Shield holders Counties Manukau at Yarrow Stadium on Thursday, August 14.

New Zealand Rugby released the draw for the nine-week plus play-offs season on Tuesday.

The first round of the eleven-week competition also sees the Southland Stags hosting the Bay of Plenty Steamers on Friday, August 15.

The weekend sees Auckland go to Christchurch to face Canterbury, the Wellington Lions host the Waikato Mooloos at Westpac Stadium while last year's winners of promotion into the Premiership, Tasman Makos, will host the Hawke's Bay Magpies at Lansdowne Park in Blenheim.

The opening round closes out on Sunday with Northland's Taniwha hosting the Manawatu Turbos at Whangarei's Toll Stadium.

Two teams who felt the elation and heartache of winning then losing the Ranfurly Shield in consecutive matches, will get the first two scheduled Ranfurly Shield challenges of 2014.

Otago's Razorbacks will be the first to get their shot in Week 2 as they try to wrestle the precious Log O' Wood from the Counties Manukau Steelers. The Magpies are next on the draw with a Week 3 challenge, and they will be hoping to settle the score having lost the Shield to Counties Manukau just one week after taking it off Otago last year.

The Steelers fended off three challenges in 2013 from Taranaki, Waikato and Southland before locking up the precious prize for the off-season.

This year's ITM Cup semi-finals will be played in the weekend of October 17, with the ITM Cup Championship Final on Friday, October 24, with the right for promotion up for grabs.

For the full ITM Cup schedule, click here.

  • ITM Cup Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
ITM Cup
Thursday , October 2
Auckland vs WaikatoAuckland vs Waikato Preview
Friday , October 3
Northland vs North Harbour19:35
Saturday , October 4
Southland vs Counties Manukau14:35
Bay Of Plenty vs Otago17:35
Canterbury vs Tasman19:35
Sunday , October 5
Manawatu vs Hawkes Bay14:35
Wednesday, October 8
Counties Manukau vs Auckland19:35
Thursday , October 9
Waikato vs Bay Of Plenty19:35
Friday , October 10
Otago vs Manawatu19:35
Saturday , October 11
Wellington vs North Harbour14:35
More ITM Cup fixtures
  • ITM Cup Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
ITM Cup
Wednesday, October 1
Hawkes Bay 36 - 14 WellingtonHawkes Bay vs Wellington Report
Sunday , September 28
Tasman 32 - 24 OtagoTasman vs Otago Report
Canterbury 26 - 28 SouthlandCanterbury vs Southland Report
Saturday , September 27
Waikato 20 - 22 ManawatuWaikato vs Manawatu Report
Counties Manukau 55 - 7 WellingtonCounties Manukau vs Wellington Report
North Harbour 28 - 25 Hawkes Bay
Friday , September 26
Taranaki 35 - 22 AucklandTaranaki vs Auckland Report
Thursday , September 25
Bay Of Plenty 27 - 30 Northland
Wednesday, September 24
North Harbour 29 - 24 CanterburyNorth Harbour vs Canterbury Report
Sunday , September 21
Otago 38 - 7 WaikatoOtago vs Waikato Report
More ITM Cup results
  • ITM Cup Table
Premiership 2014
ITM Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Taranaki832
2Tasman832
3Canterbury830
4Auckland720
5Waikato816