A thrilling weekend of semifinal action has seen the 2019 Mitre 10 Cup, Mitre 10 Heartland Championship and Farah Palmer Cup finalists confirmed.
Tasman will host their first premiership Final, against Wellington next Saturday.
A hard-fought semifinal victory over Auckland secured a spot in the Final for Tasman, with late tries to
Farah Palmer Cup continues to grow with 2019 draw announced
Click here for the 2019 Farah Palmer Cup draw.
Northland joins Farah Palmer Cup, expanding competition to 13 teams
19 double headers to be broadcast alongside Mitre 10 Cup fixtures
Action kicks off 31 August
The Farah Palmer Cup will boast
The competitions see four trophies, one Ranfurly Shield, 26 Unions and more than 130 matches across 12 captivating weeks.
It will all kick off in the deep south with the Southland Stags taking on the their most distant rivals, the Northland Taniwha in the Mitre 10 Cup opener on Thursday 8
Black Ferns Head Coach Glenn Moore has named the team to play the USA in an historic triple header at Soldier Field in Chicago this weekend.
The squad is (Test caps in brackets. *New cap):
1. Phillipa Love (4)
2. Fiao'o Faamausili (54, captain)
3. Aldora Itunu (17)
4. Eloise Blackwell (34)
5. Charmaine Smith (18)
COMING UP THIS WEEK
Waikato lead the Farah Palmer Cup premiership with two wins from two and this week head to Christchurch to challenge for the JJ Stewart Trophy against Canterbury. In the championship division Otago meet Wellington in a top of the table clash.
In the race for the Fiaoo