Women's Provincial Championship kicks off
allblacks.com 08 Sep 2012 Getty Images
For the first time in the competition's 12-year history, an all women referee team will control all matches.
"It's a real sign that women's rugby is going from strength to strength that all 22 matches will be whistled by women referees. Coming off the back of the success of the Go4Gold sevens recruitment programme and the New Zealand Women's Sevens win at the Oceania Sevens Championship in Fiji last month, and the certainty that the Blacks Ferns will tour England at end of the year, there is strong interest in women's rugby in New Zealand at the moment and that's great for the game," Sorensen said.
Played over a total eight weeks, the Women's Provincial Championship has increased to seven teams this year, with Waikato taking part for the first time since 2005. The format consists of a Round Robin with all teams playing in a single pool. The two Provincial Unions with the highest number of competition points at the completion of the Round Robin will proceed to the Final, to be played on 27 October 2012 as a curtain raiser to the ITM Cup Premiership Final. The winning team will be awarded the Women's Provincial Championship trophy.
To see the Round One Preview, click here.
To view the full 2012 draw, click here.
To view the referee appointments, click here.
To see the law trials in effect during the competition, click here.
Most popular News:
Carter to leave New Zealand Rugby at end of 201518.Dec.2014
New Zealand Rugby mourns the loss of Jack Hazlett17.Dec.2014
New Zealand pre-season Investec Super Rugby matches confirmed17.Dec.2014
2015 Investec Super Rugby memberships for NZ teams17.Dec.2014
Senior All Blacks may return early17.Dec.2014
Draw and pools confirmed for second leg of Women's Sevens series16.Dec.2014