1979 National Provincial Championship

The National Provincial Championship, or NPC, was the predecessor to the current Air New Zealand Cup and Heartland Championship in New Zealand rugby. 1979 was the fourth year of the National Provincial Championship, Counties were the winners of Division 1.

Division 1 StandingsEdit

Relegated to Division Two

These were the NPC Division 1 standings for the 1979 season.

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD PTS
1 Counties 10 9 0 1 158 84 +74 18
2 Auckland 10 8 0 2 175 88 +87 16
3 Wellington 10 8 0 2 176 116 +60 16
4 Canterbury 10 7 0 3 146 115 +31 14
5 North Auckland 10 6 0 4 116 99 +17 12
6 Bay of Plenty 10 5 1 4 158 148 +10 11
7 Manawatu 10 4 1 5 121 106 +15 9
8 Taranaki 10 3 0 7 120 140 −20 6
9 Southland 10 2 0 8 106 169 −63 4
10 South Canterbury 10 1 0 9 81 212 −131 2
11 Otago 10 1 0 9 88 168 −80 2

Table notesEdit

  • Pld = Played
  • W = Win
  • D = Draw
  • L = Loss
  • PF = For (Total points scored)
  • PA = Against (Total points scored against)
  • PD = Points difference

Promotion/RelegationEdit

As the bottom placed North Island team, Taranaki were automatically relegated.

Division Two North winner Hawkes Bay were promoted to Division One.

Otago faced Division Two South winner Marlborough, defeating them 15-13, and remained in Division One.

Division Two TeamsEdit

Division 2 North (In Order of Final Placing)

Division 2 South (In Order of Final Placing)

Ranfurly ShieldEdit

North Auckland began the season as holders having defeated Manawatu the season before. They defended the Shield in 5 matches before being defeated by Auckland. Auckland then successfully defended against Counties in the final match of the season that pitted the Shield holders against the National Champions.

North Auckland

  • beat King Country 21-6
  • beat Thames Valley 35-6
  • beat Marlborough 29-6
  • beat South Canterbury 20-12
  • beat Taranaki 23-11
  • lost to Auckland 3-9

Auckland

  • beat Counties 11-9