New Zealand teams to contest BNZ Cup
February 12, 2013
New Zealand Super Rugby derbies are always an arm wrestle. © Getty Images
New Zealand Super Rugby teams will play for the BNZ Cup this season, the trophy awarded to the team accruing most points in derby fixtures.
Twenty of the 40 Super Rugby games played in New Zealand this season will be derbies.
New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) chief executive Steve Tew said there was much to look forward to in the new season.
"With a total 125 matches before play-offs, 40 matches played on New Zealand soil, 20 of which are local derby matches, there's plenty on offer in 2013. Last year fans really took to Super Rugby with both game attendance up over 40% and broadcast audiences up 25%.
"But we take nothing for granted and the franchises have been working hard behind the scenes to get their teams ready and to help create a fantastic rugby experience for fans at their home grounds."
© ESPN EMEA Ltd
"The fans could not be happier with the opposition and it adds an exciting element to a game that is shaping up as a thriller." Ben Kay previews the Premiership final showdown
"If there was a cross breed of canine called an Underdogdoodle it would win best in show at Crufts." Mark Durden-Smith looks at the Aviva Premiership Final
With the Lions' tour to Australia fast-approaching, ESPN's Austin Healey and Mark Durden-Smith sat down to share their memories of the 2001 trip Down Under
Ask John answers questions on the Leopards' tour to Italy in 1974, brotherly Test sides, Pat McGrath, England's games against the Barbarians and Jacques Brunel