New Zealand National Rugby Sevens Tournament

New Zealand National Rugby Sevens Tournament
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2013 Pub Charity Sevens
Sport Rugby union
Founded 1975
No. of teams 16
Country  New Zealand
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The New Zealand National Rugby Sevens Tournament (for sponsorship reasons also known as the Pub Charity NZ Rugby Sevens tournament) is an annual rugby sevens tournament held in Queenstown, New Zealand. Each year it features the best sixteen teams in the country competing over two days.

The tournament is promoted by Sevens with Altitude, working in association with the Otago Rugby Football Union and the New Zealand Rugby Union.


The New Zealand National Rugby Sevens Tournament was first held in 1975 in Auckland, where Marlborough were the very first champions. Since then the tournament has been held every year (except 1987, 1988, and 2003) and held at various venues. The tournament has been held in Queenstown since 2004, before this Palmerston North hosted the event.[1]

2009 is the first tournament where the entire event has been screened live by Sky TV.[2]

The event also serves as an opportunity for players to be selected for the New Zealand Sevens side, as the squad is selected shortly after the event.[3]


The sixteen teams are divided into four pools. On day one each team plays the other three teams in its pool. The top two teams from each pool qualify for the championship playoffs while the bottom two enter the bowl competition.


The tournament was first held in Auckland in 1975. Since then it has been held at Christchurch, Blenheim, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Feilding, Pukekohe, Rotorua and since 2004 it has been held at the Queenstown Recreation Ground, which is usually the home of the Wakatipu Rugby Club.


A map of NZRU provincial union boundaries, including unions competing in both the Air New Zealand Cup and Heartland Championship

The following teams have participated in the tournament:

Province Appearances Championships 2009 Placing
Auckland 2005-2009 2005,2006,2007,2008
Bay of Plenty 2006,2008-2009
Buller 2006
Canterbury 2006,2008-2009
Counties Manukau 2006,2008-2009
Hawke's Bay 2006,2008-2009
Horowhenua-Kapiti 2008-2009
Manawatu 2006,2008-2009
North Harbour 2004,2006,2008-2009 2004, 2009
North Otago 2005
Northland 2008-2009
Otago 2004-2009
Otago Country 2007, 2009
South Canterbury 2006,2008,2010
Southland 2006,2008-2009
Taranaki 2006,2008-2009
Tasman 2008
Waikato 2006,2008-2009
Wellington 2006,2008-2009
West Coast 2006,2008-2009

Past winners


Year Champion Venue
1975 Marlborough Auckland
1976 Marlborough Christchurch
1977 Manawatu Blenheim
1978 Manawatu Hamilton
1979 Manawatu Palmerston North
1980 Auckland Palmerston North
1981 Taranaki Palmerston North
1982 Taranaki Feilding
1983 Auckland Feilding
1984 Auckland Feilding
1985 Counties Manukau Feilding
1986 North Harbour Feilding
1989 North Harbour Christchurch
1990 Auckland Pukekohe
1991 Auckland Palmerston North
1992 North Harbour Palmerston North
1993 Canterbury Palmerston North
1994 Counties Manukau Palmerston North
1995 Counties Manukau Palmerston North
1996 Waikato Palmerston North
1997 Waikato Rotorua
1998 Waikato Rotorua
1999 North Harbour Palmerston North
2000 North Harbour Palmerston North
2001 North Harbour Palmerston North
2002 Wellington Palmerston North


Year Champion Score Runner up Stadium Plate Bowl Shield
2004 North Harbour Otago Queenstown Recreation Ground
2005 Auckland Queenstown Recreation Ground
2006 Auckland 43 - 12 Wellington Queenstown Recreation Ground Bay of Plenty Southland Canterbury
2007 Auckland 36 - 17 Canterbury Queenstown Recreation Ground Counties Manukau Wellington Northland
2008 Auckland 24 - 15 Counties Manukau Queenstown Recreation Ground Manawatu Wellington Tasman
2009 North Harbour 29 - 26 Counties Manukau Queenstown Recreation Ground Wellington Otago Southland
Year Venue Cup Plate Bowl Shield
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Winner Winner
2010 Recreation Ground,

21 – 14
Bay of Plenty

North Harbour

2011 Recreation Ground,

36 – 26

North Harbour


2012 Recreation Ground,

36 – 24
Recreation Ground,

32 – 17
North Harbour


Hawke's Bay

Counties Manukau


  1. Queenstown shaping up for sevens fest The Southland Times, 9 January 2008
  2. Pub Charity Sevens to kick off the 2008 rugby year Sky Sport
  3. "NZ rugby sevens in Queenstown". One Sport. 13 January 2006. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
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