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The Farah Palmer Cup

About The Farah Palmer Cup

In 2016, the Women’s Provincial Championship was renamed the Farah Palmer Cup in recognition of one of the most iconic figures in women’s rugby.

With the support of Mitre 10, the Farah Palmer Cup will kick off on 2 September and feature 11 teams from across the country. The competition will span seven rounds and include semi-finals on Saturday 21 October and conclude with a final on Saturday 28 October. 

Farah Palmer is a global women’s rugby icon, having played 35 Test matches for the Black Ferns and represented Otago, Waikato and Manawatu at provincial level. In 2014, Palmer was inducted to the World Rugby Hall of Fame. 

She said it was a huge privilege to have the women’s provincial championship named after her: “It’s very humbling to have the competition named in my honour. I had to have a real think about accepting it because rugby is a team sport and there are lots of women and men who have gone before me that really helped women’s rugby develop. But then I thought it is a great honour and I am happy to be acknowledged this way.”
 
The teams are:
 
Auckland Storm; Bay of Plenty Volcanix; Counties Manukau Heat; Canterbury; North Harbour; Manawatu Cyclones; Otago Spirit; Waikato, Hawke's Bay, Tasman and the Wellington Pride.
 
The inaugural Women's National Provincial Championship was contested in 1999, with 14 teams taking part originally.
 
In 2000 the number of teams increased to 18. The Championship was contested across divisions - originally a first division and regional divisions, which evolved into two divisions, and continued in this format until 2005. Throughout this time the WPC was played under different guises - the Women's National Provincial Championship, the Lion Foundation Cup, the Women's Championship, and the Women's Competition.
 
There will be a weekly preview and wrap of this year's competition on allblacks.com, while results and news as it becomes available will be posted on www.facebook.com/BlackFerns

2017 Farah Palmer Cup - Points Table


 Team Played Win Draw Loss For Against BP1 BP2 Points 
Farah Palmer Cup Premiership

 Counties Manukau

7

6

0

1

310

81

6

1

32

 Canterbury

8

7

0

1

317

179

5

0

29

 Waikato

8

4

0

4

174

246

3

1

20

 Auckland

8

3

2

3

197

173

4

0

20

 Manawatu

6

2

1

3

174

174

3

0

18

 Wellington

7

3

0

4

197

198

5

1

18

Farah Palmer Cup Championship

 Bay of Plenty

6

4

1

1

150

83

4

1

23

 Otago

7

4

0

3

237

132

3

0

15

 North Harbour

7

2

0

5

96

240

1

0

9

 Tasman

6

1

0

5

80

249

0

0

4

 Hawkes Bay

6

0

0

6

57

234

0

0

0

All results are provisional until 6pm Monday night following the latest round.

 Team P W D L F A Points 
Farah Palmer Cup Premiership

 Counties Manukau

7

6

0

1

310

81

32

 Canterbury

8

7

0

1

317

179

29

 Waikato

8

4

0

4

174

246

20

 Auckland

8

3

2

3

197

173

20

 Manawatu

6

2

1

3

174

174

18

 Wellington

7

3

0

4

197

198

18

Farah Palmer Cup Championship

 Bay of Plenty

6

4

1

1

150

83

23

 Otago

7

4

0

3

237

132

15

 North Harbour

7

2

0

5

96

240

9

 Tasman

6

1

0

5

80

249

4

 Hawkes Bay

6

0

0

6

57

234

0

All results are provisional until 6pm Monday night following the latest round.

Final - Fixtures and Results

To download the .pdf version of the 2017 draw click here

Date Game Venue Time(NZ) Result Watch

28 Oct

CHAMPIONSHIP: Bay of Plenty v Otago

Blake Park, Mount Maunganui

12:00 PM

0-0

29 Oct

PREMIERSHIP: Counties Manukau v Canterbury

Ecolight Stadium, Pukekohe

2:05 PM

0-0

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