National Competition

National Competition
Sport Rugby league football
Inaugural season 2010
Number of teams 7
Country  New Zealand
Holders Auckland (2010)
Most titles Auckland (1 title)
Related competition Bartercard Premiership

The National Competition (originally named the National Zonal Competition) is the top level rugby league competition run by the New Zealand Rugby League. The competition replaced the Bartercard Premiership following a Sparc funded review and restructure of the New Zealand Rugby League. Seven teams compete in the competition each representing a Zone. These zones are: Northland, Auckland, Counties Manukau, Upper Central, Mid Central, Wellington and Southern.

Senior teams compete for the Albert Baskerville Trophy which is named after Albert Baskerville, the organiser of the 1907-1908 All Golds tour. Under-17s compete for the Mark Graham Cup which named after Mark Graham, the New Zealand Rugby League player of the century. Under-15s compete for the Nathan Cayless Cup which is named after Nathan Cayless, the only captain to win the World Cup for New Zealand.


Team Nickname 2010 Coach Home Grounds
Northern Swords Joe Rau Lindvart Park, Kaikohe
Jubilee Park, Whangarei
Okura Park, Whangarei
Auckland Pride Brent Gemmell Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
Cornwall Park Stadium, Auckland
Counties Manukau Stingrays Rusty Matua Bruce Pulman Park, Papakura
Waicoa Bays Stallions Tahe Morunga Resthills Park, Hamilton
Blake Park, Tauranga
Puketawhero Park, Rotorua
Central Vipers Mike Graham Clifton Park, Waitara
Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North
Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
Wellington Orcas Trevor Clark Fraser Park, Wellington
Porirua Stadium, Porirua
South Island Scorpions Brent Stuart Rugby League Park, Christchurch


Year Albert Baskerville Trophy Score Score Defeated Minor Premiers Wooden Spoon Mark Graham Cup Nathan Cayless Cup
2010 Auckland 14 6 Counties Manukau Auckland Northern Swords Counties Manukau Counties Manukau
2011 Auckland Pride 44 34 South Island Scorpions Auckland Pride Northern Swords Auckland Pride Auckland Pride


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