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The Meads Cup is a rugby union trophy named after King Country and All Blacks player Colin Meads. It is contested during the Heartland Championship. It was first awarded in 2006, when the Heartland Championship format was introduced.


Regular SeasonEdit

At present, all 12 Heartland Championship teams play 8 games over 8 weeks before the finals. Once finished, the top 4 advance to the Meads Cup finals. The teams ranked 5-8 play for the Lochore Cup. Previously, a pool system was used between 2006 and 2010.


The Meads Cup winner is determined in four-team single-elimination tournament. The semi-final matchups are seeded 1-4 and 2-3, with the higher seed receiving home field advantage. The highest remaining seed hosts the Meads Cup final.


Year Meads Cup Winner
2006   Wairarapa Bush
2007   North Otago
2008   Wanganui
2009   Wanganui
2010   North Otago
2011   Wanganui
2012   East Coast
2013   Mid Canterbury
2014   Mid Canterbury
2015   Wanganui
2016   Wanganui
2017   Wanganui
2018   Thames Valley
2019   North Otago

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