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1976 National Provincial Championship Results
New Zealand's provincial rugby competition

The 1976 NPC, the Radio New Zealand National Provincial Championship, was the first year of the provincial rugby championship in New Zealand.

There were 3 Divisions, a Division 1 with 7 North Island teams and 4 South Island teams, a Division 2 (NI) with 9 teams and a Division 2 (SI) with 6 teams.

The bottom placed NI team in Division 1 was relegated, replaced by the winner of Division 2 (NI). The bottom SI team in Division 1 played off against the winner of Division 2 (SI).

This ensured that there would always be 4 SI teams in Division 1.


1976 National Provincial Championship
Division 1

NPC
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against Points
Bay Of Plenty 10 8 1 1 195 112 17
Manawatu 10 7 1 1 142 104 15
Auckland 10 6 3 1 160 133 13
Canterbury 10 6 4 153 118 12
Counties 10 6 4 118 107 12
Wellington 10 5 4 1 165 122 11
Otago 10 4 4 2 106 148 10
Hawkes Bay 10 4 6 125 130 8
Marlborough 10 3 7 146 192 6
Southland 10 2 7 1 105 161 5
North Auckland 10 0 9 1 76 164 1


1976 NPC Division 1 Fixtures and Results

May 12

May 19


June 7

June 16

June 26



July 3

July 8

July 10

July 13

July 17

July 20


July 24

July 27

July 31


August 4

August 7


August 11


August 14



August 17

August 18

August 21



August 24


August 28





September 1

September 4





September 8

September 12



September 13

September 15

September 16

September 18




September 22

September 25


Hawkes Bay

Canterbury


Manawatu

Counties

North Auckland

Counties


Bay Of Plenty

Manawatu

Wellington

Marlborough

Southland

Otago

Marlborough

Hawkes Bay

Counties

Marlborough


Wellington

Manawatu

Southland

Otago

Manawatu

Southland

North Auckland


Bay Of Plenty

Auckland

Auckland

Canterbury

Bay Of Plenty

Counties

North Auckland

Auckland

Hawkes Bay

Otago

Wellington


Southland

Auckland

Hawkes Bay

Canterbury

Marlborough

North Auckland

North Auckland

Canterbury

Manawatu

Wellington

Bay Of Plenty

Counties

Southland

Auckland

Otago

Marlborough

Bay Of Plenty

Otago

Canterbury

Wellington

Hawkes Bay

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v

v

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v

v

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Auckland

Marlborough


Wellington

Auckland

Auckland

Wellington


Counties

North Auckland

North Auckland

North Auckland

Manawatu

Manawatu

Auckland

Marlborough

Marlborough

Bay Of Plenty


Bay of Plenty

Bay Of Plenty

Otago

Hawkes Bay

Canterbury

Hawkes Bay

Canterbury


Canterbury

Southland

Manawatu

Hawkes Bay

Southland

Manawatu

Southland

Bay Of Plenty

North Auckland

Counties

Canterbury


Counties

Otago

Wellington

Counties

Southland

Bay Of Plenty

Otago

Southland

Hawkes Bay

Auckland

Otago

North Auckland

Wellington

Canterbury

Wellington

Manawatu

Hawkes Bay

Marlborough

Otago

Marlborough

Counties

Napier

Christchurch


Palmerston North

Pukekohe

Whangarei

Pukekohe


Rotorua

Palmerston North

Wellington

Blenheim

Invercargill

Dunedin

Blenheim

Hastings

Pukekohe

Blenheim


Wellington

Palmerston North

Invercargill

Dunedin

Palmerston North

Invercargill

Whangarei


Tauranga

Auckland

Auckland

Christchurch

Whakatane

Pukekohe

Whangarei

Auckland

Napier

Dunedin

Wellington


Invercargill

Auckland

Hastings

Christchurch

Blenheim

Whangarei

Whangarei

Christchurch

Palmerston North

Wellington

Rotorua

Pukekohe

Invercargill

Auckland

Dunedin

Blenheim

Rotorua

Dunedin

Christchurch

Wellington

Napier

7

23


23

12

3

4


9

19

13

24

9

0

15

33

10

13


18

9

9

6

15

6

13


12

9

10

13

27

12

9

28

25

16

14


10

16

13

6

28

3

3

16

15

9

19

15

16

19

7

13

10

20

34

16

6

10

9


13

19

12

15


10

6

0

17

23

0

25

10

6

24


18

28

10

18

10

7

21


6

9

12

6

12

14

15

31

16

6

15


19

26

25

11

12

17

3

7

3

12

6

6

13

9

29

12

7

14

12

14

19

1976 National Provincial Championship
Division 2 (North Island)

NPC
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against Points
Taranaki 8 8 0 209 49 16
Wanganui 8 7 1 216 87 14
King Country 8 4 3 1 110 144 9
Waikato 8 4 4 173 76 8
Wairarapa Bush 8 4 4 98 107 8
Poverty Bay 8 4 4 92 115 8
East Coast 8 2 6 41 214 4
Thames Valley 8 1 6 1 70 128 3
Horowhenua 8 1 7 94 183 2

1976 NPC Division 2 (NI) Fixtures and Results

May 8


June 7

June 16

June 19

June 26


July 3

July 14

July 24

July 28

July 31


August 7

August 10

August 12

August 14


August 17

August 18

August 19

August 21



August 26

August 28




September 4


September 7

September 8

September 11


September 15

September 16

September 18

Horowhenua


Wanganui

Waikato

Wanganui

Thames Valley


East Coast

Thames Valley

Wanganui

King Country

Waikato


Horowhenua

Wairarapa Bush

Poverty Bay

Wairarapa Bush

Taranaki

Thames Valley

King Country

East Coast

Poverty Bay

King Country

Taranaki

East Coast

Poverty Bay

Horowhenua

Wanganui


Poverty Bay

Taranki

East Coast

King Country

Waikato

Wairarapa Bush

Horowhenua

Thames Valley

Wairarapa Bush

Waikato

King Country

v


v

v

v

v


v

v

v

v

v


v

v

v

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v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v


v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

East Coast


Taranaki

Thames Valley

Horowhenua

East Coast


Poverty Bay

King Country

King Country

Wairarapa Bush

Wairarapa Bush


Thames Valley

Thames Valley

Thames Valley

East Coast

King Country

Wanganui

Poverty Bay

Wanganui

Wanganui

Waikato

Horowhenua

Taranki

Taranaki

Wairarapa Bush

Waikato


Waikato

Wairarapa Bush

Waikato

Horowhenua

Horowhenua

Poverty Bay

Poverty Bay

Taranaki

Wanganui

Taranaki

East Coast

Levin


Wanganui

Hamilton

Wanganui

Waihi


Tolaga Bay

Te Aroha

Wanganui

Taumarunui

Hamilton


Levin

Masterton

Gisborne

Pahiatua

New Plymouth

Paeroa

Otorohanga

Ruatoria

Gisborne

Taumarunui

New Plymouth

Ruatoria

Gisborne

Levin

Wanganui


Gisborne

New Plymouth

Ruatoria

Te Kuiti

Hamilton

Masterton

Levin

Waihi

Masterton

Hamilton

Otorohonga

11


12

23

45

4


0

9

28

6

7


11

20

13

18

16

12

9

3

7

13

6

0

6

12

21


15

42

0

29

33

3

23

9

13

3

25

12


32

3

4

12


22

9

9

3

8


16

11

6

4

6

20

8

54

17

47

3

41

43

23

7


14

10

39

23

7

6

15

20

19

9

10

1976 National Provincial Championship
Division 2 (South Island)

NPC
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against Points
South Canterbury 5 4 1 103 39 8
Buller 5 3 2 64 40 6
Nelson Bays 5 3 2 72 77 6
Mid Canterbury 5 2 2 1 50 55 5
West Coast 5 1 3 1 59 63 3
North Otago 5 1 4 41 115 2

1976 NPC Division 2 (SI) Fixtures and Results

June 7


July 17

July 21

July 24

July 31


August 7

August 14


August 17

August 21

August 24


September 4


September 11

September 18

Buller


Nelson Bays

Buller

West Coast

West Coast


Nelson Bays

Mid Canterbury

South Canterbury

North Otago

Buller

Nelson Bays


Mid Canterbury

Neslon Bays

South Canterbury

North Otago

v


v

v

v

v


v

v

v

v

v

v


v

v

v

v


Nelson Bays


Mid Canterbury

Mid Canterbury

Mid Canterbury

Buller


North Otago

North Otago

West Coast

West Coast

South Canterbury

South Canterbury


South Canterbury

West Coast

North Otago

Buller

Westport


Nelson

Westport

Hokitika

Greymouth


Motueka

Ashburton

Timaru

Oamaru

Westport

Nelson


Ashburton

Nelson

Timaru

Oamaru

9


17

6

9

6


24

17

15

16

14

10


3

7

48

6

14


14

7

9

16


3

13

9

7

7

23


10

28

3

19

South Canterbury, as winners of Division 2 (SI) played against the bottom placed SI team in Division 1, Southland, in a promotion/relegation match.

South Canterbury  11  v  Southland  24

Southland therefore remained in Division 1.