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
New talent set for Oceania Sevens
The All Blacks Sevens team and a Black Ferns Sevens development side have been named ahead of this weekend’s Oceania Sevens tournament in Fiji with a number of exciting young players set to don the black jersey.
The All Blacks Sevens team is; (* denotes new
It was a grand way for the four members of the Wanganui squad to sign off on a bittersweet 2018 season as the New Zealand Heartland XV kept the McCrae Cup firmly locked away with a 46-19 win over NZ Marist in Taupo on Sunday.
Heading into the wind at Owen
Pushing their luck to the limit, Horowhenua Kapiti held out Wairarapa Bush in the final moments to claim the Heartland Lochore Cup 26-23 in another finals thriller at Levin Domain on Sunday.
Having regained the lead with seven minutes remaining, Horowhenua Kapiti made the dangerous decision to attempt to close down
Pressure play from Thames Valley during a strong second half showing paved the way for the side's first Heartland Meads Cup win when they beat South Canterbury 17-12 in Timaru on Saturday.
It was a triumph for Thames Valley, who were the fourth qualifier and who had to overcome the dominant