New Zealand ITM National Provincial Championship Ready For Kick Off

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With only two weeks uintil the start of the ITM Cup (Which use to be the Air New Zealand Cup) Lovell Rugby for one cannot wait to catch the action on Sky.

Auckland

Coach: Mark Anscombe

Key gains: Ben Atiga, Matt Berquist (Hawkes Bay), Daniel Braid (Queensland), Toby Morland (Munster), Brent Ward (Racing Metro).

Major losses: Daniel Bowden (London Irish), Taniela Moa (Bay of Plenty), Paul Williams (Sale).

Form guide: 2009 – 5th; 2008 – 11th; 2007 – RR 1st, Champions.

Bay of Plenty

Coach: Sean Horan

Key gains: Luke Andrews (Italy), Lelia Masaga (Counties), Daniel Perrin (Tasman), Taniela Moa (Auckland), Grant McQuoid (Japan), Brett Mather (Otago), Daniel Waenga (Hawke’s Bay).

Major losses: Junior Poluleuligaga (Exeter), Zach Hohneck (Waikato), Clinton Toopi (Gold Coast Titans).

Form guide: 2009 – 7th; 2008 – RR 4th, QF; 2007 – 13th.

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Coach: Rob Penney

Key gains: Robbie Fruean (Wellington), Sonny Bill Williams (Toulon).

Major losses: Tim Bateman (Coca-Cola, Japan), James Broadhurst, Tyson Keats (both Taranaki), Casey Laulala, Michael Paterson (both Cardiff), James Paterson (Southland), Ti’i Paulo (Clermont Auvergne).

Form guide: 2009 – RR 14th; 2008 – RR 2nd, Champions; 2007 – RR 2nd, SF.

Counties Manukau

Coach: Milton Haig

Key Gains: Tana Umaga (Toulon), Jono Owen (Brumbies).

Major Losses: Lelia Masaga (Bay of Plenty), Tasesa Lavea (Clermont Auvergne).

Form guide: 2009 – 14th; 2008 – 14th; 2007 – 14th.

Hawkes Bay

Coach: Peter Russell

Key gains: Kahn Fotuali’i (Tasman), Kas Lealamanu’a (Saracens), Daniel Kirkpatrick (Wellington), Luke Rooney (Toulon), Grant Webb (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Major losses: Matt Berquist (Auckland), George Naoupo (Japan, via Connacht), Sona Taumalolo (Waikato), Thomas Waldrom (Leicester).

Form guide: 2009 – RR 4th, SF; 2008 – RR 3rd, SF; 2007 – RR 7th, SF.

Otago

Coach: Phil Mooney

Key gains: Josh Tatupu (Western Force), Joe Hill (Wellington).

Major losses: Karne Hesketh (Japan), Brett Maver (Bay of Plenty), Michael Witt (Super League), Jason Macdonald (injury).

Form guide: 2009 – 10th; 2008 – 10th; 2007 – 7

Northland

Coach: Bryce Woodward

Key gains: Aaron Bancroft (Otago), Paea Fa’anunu (Auckland), Dean Budd (Auckland), Mark Burman (Waikato).

Major losses: Karl Haitana (Manawatu), Cam Jowitt (New South Wales), Dan Goodwin (Bay of Plenty).

Form guide: 2009 – 13th; 2008 – 9; 2007 – 10

North Harbour

Coach: Craig Dowd

Key gains: Alipate Fatafehi (Tonga), Matt Luamanu (Wellington), Jack Tarrant (Japan), Brendon Watt (Taranaki).

Major losses: Viliame Ma’afu, Anthony Tuitavake (both Japan), George Pisi (Taranaki), Rudi Wulf (Toulon).

Form guide: 2009 – 12th; 2008 – 12th; 2007 – 9th.

Tasman

Coach: Kieran Keane

Key gains: Steve Alfeld (Canterbury), Fai Mika (Otago), Jack Umaga (North Otago).

Major losses: Kahn Fotuali’i (Hawkes Bay), Andrew Goodman (Japan), Sakaria Taulafo (Wasps).

Form guide: 2009 – 9th; 2008 – 7th, QF; 2007 – 11th.

Manawatu

Coach: Dave Rennie

Key gains: Craig Clare (Otago), Karl Haitana (Northland), Shannon Paku (Montauban), Hadleigh Parkes (Canterbury), Aseli Tikoirotuma (Wanganui).

Major losses: Kurt Baker, Andre Taylor (Taranaki), Adrian Barone (Wellington).

Form guide: 2009 – 11th; 2008 – 14th; 2007 – 14th.

Wellington

Coach: Jamie Joseph

Key gains: David Te Moana (France), Adrian Barone (Manawatu).

Major losses: Tamati Ellison (Japan), Robbie Fruean (Canterbury), Daniel Kirkpatrick (Hawkes Bay), Matthew Luamanu (North Harbour), Anthony Perenise (Hawkes Bay), David Smith (Taranaki).

Form guide: 2009 – RR 2nd, finalist; 2008 – RR 1st, finalist; 2007 – RR 3rd, finalist.

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Taranaki

Coach: Colin Cooper.

Key gains: Kurt Baker, Andre Taylor (both Manawatu), James Broadhurst, Tyson Keats (both Canterbury), George Pisi (North Harbour), David Smith (Wellington).

Major losses: James Hinchco (retired), Paul Perez (Toulon via deportation), Neemia Soqeta (Japan).

Form guide: 2009 – 8th; 2008 – 8th, QF; 2007 – 8th, QF.

Southland

Coach: Simon Culhane

Key gains: James Paterson (Canterbury).

Major losses: Jason Kauwau (Japan).

Form guide: 2009 – RR 3rd, SF; 2008 – RR 4th, SF; 2007 – 6th.

Waikato

Coach: Chris Gibbes.

Key gains: Zac Hohneck (Bay of Plenty), Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies), Chris Middleton (Wellington), Steven Setephano (Otago).

Major losses: Callum Bruce (Japan), Sione Lauaki (Clermont Auvergne).

Form guide: 2009 – 6th; 2008 – 6th, QF; 2007 – 5th, QF.

What’s your thoughts on this years Competition and Shirts?

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