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1977 National Provincial Championship Results
New Zealand's provincial rugby competition

The 1977 NPC, the Radio New Zealand National Provincial Championship, was the second 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.


1977 National Provincial Championship
Division 1

NPC
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against Points
Canterbury 10 10 0 190 81 20
Counties 10 8 2 254 94 16
Auckland 10 6 4 166 164 12
Manawatu 10 6 4 152 95 12
Hawkes Bay 10 5 5 160 174 10
Taranaki 10 5 5 142 123 10
Wellington 10 5 5 155 146 10
Otago 10 4 6 149 171 8
Southland 10 4 6 131 132 8
Bay Of Plenty 10 2 8 144 283 4
Marlborough 10 0 10 90 270 0


1977 NPC Division 1 Fixtures and Results

May 25

May 28


June 1

June 6

June 14

June 25


July 2

July 5

July 16

July 20

July 23

July 27


August 2

August 6



August 17


August 20



August 22

August 24


August 27




August 31


September 3





September 7


September 10

September 11


September 14


September 17



September 21


September 24





September 28


October 1



Marlborough

Wellington


Auckland

Marlborough

Taranaki

Counties


Canterbury

Auckland

Auckland

Taranaki

Marlborough

Bay Of Plenty


Southland

Marlborough

Hawkes Bay

Otago

Hawkes Bay

Marlborough

Southland

Counties

Taranaki

Wellington

Southland

Otago

Otago

Canterbury

Manawatu

Wellington

Southland


Auckland

Bay Of Plenty

Otago

Manawatu

Wellington

Bay Of Plenty

Manawatu

Taranaki

Canterbury

Hawkes Bay

Bay Of Plenty

Counties

Auckland

Hawkes Bay

Manawatu

Canterbury

Counties

Canterbury

Bay Of Plenty

Marlborough

Manawatu

Southland

Otago


Auckland

Hawkes Bay

Wellington

v

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Canterbury

Manawatu


Hawkes Bay

Wellington

Wellington

Hawkes Bay


Manawatu

Counties

Manawatu

Marlborough

Bay Of Plenty

Manawatu


Marlborough

Counties

Manawatu

Southland

Canterbury

Otago

Bay Of Plenty

Canterbury

Hawkes Bay

Otago

Auckland

Bay Of Plenty

Auckland

Bay Of Plenty

Counties

Hawkes Bay

Canterbury


Taranaki

Counties

Canterbury

Marlborough

Southland

Taranaki

Southland

Counties

Wellington

Southland

Auckland

Southland

Wellington

Otago

Taranaki

Taranaki

Otago

Auckland

Wellington

Hawkes Bay

Otago

Taranaki

Taranaki


Marlborough

Bay Of Plenty

Counties

Blenheim

Wellington


Auckland

Blenheim

Hawera

Pukekohe


Christchurch

Auckland

Auckland

New Plymouth

Blenheim

Tauranga


Invercargill

Blenheim

Napier

Dunedin

Hastings

Blenheim

Invercargill

Pukekohe

New Plymouth

Wellington

Invercargill

Dunedin

Dunedin

Christchurch

Palmerston North

Wellington

Invercargill


Auckland

Rotorua

Dunedin

Palmerston North

Wellington

Rotorua

Palmerston North

New Plymouth

Christchurch

Napier

Rotorua

Pukekohe

Auckland

Napier

Palmerston North

Christchurch

Pukekohe

Christchurch

Rotorua

Blenheim

Palmerston North

Invercargill

Dunedin


Auckland

Napier

Wellington

3

15


24

12

18

24


4

10

22

37

20

0


22

7

25

4

19

17

26

4

6

17

6

33

18

30

15

6

10


9

3

9

21

11

6

18

12

17

23

24

24

9

3

6

22

27

37

9

9

17

20

19


25

31

9

12

12


19

27

10

3


3

14

21

4

29

22


7

51

17

13

32

25

6

9

13

13

13

30

24

12

10

10

13


15

36

14

7

3

19

6

21

0

16

12

9

6

8

3

3

17

18

54

21

3

13

9


4

25

43

Bay Of Plenty were relegated to Division 2 (NI).

Marlborough were relegated to Division 2 (SI) after losing a play-off match against the winner of the Division 2 (SI), South Canterbury 9-13. 


1977 National Provincial Championship
Division 2 (North Island)

NPC
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against Points
North Auckland 8 8 0 238 32 16
Waikato 8 6 2 203 70 12
Poverty Bay 8 5 2 1 132 101 11
Wanganui 8 5 2 1 160 134 11
Wairarapa Bush 8 4 4 90 79 8
King Country 8 3 5 75 149 6
Thames Valley 8 2 5 1 99 158 5
East Coast 8 1 6 1 74 203 3
Horowhenua 8 0 8 48 193 0

1977 NPC Division 2 (NI) Fixtures and Results

May 7

May 10

May 21

May 25


June 6

June 25


July 2

July 14

July 16


July 19


July 27

July 31


August 3

August 9

August 11

August 14

August 20



August 27


August 31


September 3


September 6

September 8

September 10




September 17


September 21

September 24


Horowhenua

Wairarapa Bush

King Country

King Country


Poverty Bay

Horowhenua


North Auckland

Poverty Bay

East Coast

Poverty Bay

East Coast

Thames Valley

Wairarapa Bush

Wanganui


East Coast

Thames Valley

Waikato

North Auckland

East Coast

Waikato

Poverty Bay

Thames Valley

Wanganui

North Auckland


Horowhenua

Waikato

Wairarapa Bush

Horowhenua

Wanganui

King Country

Thames Valley

Wairarapa Bush

Wanganui

Waikato

North Auckland

North Auckland

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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

King Country

King Country

Wanganui

Thames Valley


East Coast

Wanganui


Thames Valley

Horowhenua

Horowhenua

King Country

King Country

Horowhenua

Horowhenua

Wairarapa Bush


Wairarapa Bush

Wairarapa Bush

East Coast

East Coast

Thames Valley

King Country

Wairarapa Bush

Waikato

Poverty Bay

Wanganui


North Auckland

Wanganui

North Auckland

Waikato

East Coast

North Auckland

Poverty Bay

Waikato

Thames Valley

Poverty Bay

Poverty Bay

Waikato

Levin

Pahiatua

Taumarunui

Otorohanga


Gisborne

Levin


Whangarei

Gisborne

Ruatoria

Gisborne

Ruatoria

Waihi

Masterton

Wanganui


Ruatoria

Paeroa

Hamilton

Whangarei

Ruatoria

Hamilton

Gisborne

Te Aroha

Wanganui

Kaikohe


Levin

Hamilton

Masterton

Levin

Wanganui

Turangi

Paeroa

Masterton

Wanganui

Hamilton

Whangarei

Whangarei

11

13

4

10


23

7


42

23

16

21

10

16

6

16


0

22

28

51

10

59

20

9

15

52


0

21

7

7

31

3

11

7

40

16

23

9

17

9

13

6


18

28


0

4

15

3

17

4

0

6


28

12

9

7

10

12

11

19

15

6


36

11

9

51

4

16

21

3

25

6

3

6

North Auckland were automatically promoted to Division 1.


1977 National Provincial Championship
Division 2 (South Island)

NPC
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against Points
South Canterbury 5 5 0 111 21 10
Mid Canterbury 5 4 1 87 36 8
Nelson Bays 5 3 2 56 63 6
West Coast 5 2 3 65 81 4
North Otago 5 1 4 43 99 2
Buller 5 0 5 18 80 0

1977 NPC Division 2 (SI) Fixtures and Results

June 6


June 11


July 23

July 26


August 6


August 9

August 25

August 27

August 30


September 3


September 17

Nelson Bays

South Canterbury

Buller


Mid Canterbury

South Canterbury


Buller

West Coast

West Coast

North Otago

South Canterbury

Mid Canterbury


Mid Canterbury

North Otago

North Otago

West Coast

v

v

v


v

v


v

v

v

v

v

v


v

v

v

v


Buller

Mid Canterbury

West Coast


Buller

Buller


North Otago

Nelson Bays

North Otago

Nelson Bays

Nelson Bays

Nelson Bays


West Coast

South Canterbury

Mid Canterbury

South Canterbury

Nelson

Timaru

Westport


Ashburton

Timaru


Westport

Greymouth

Greymouth

Oamaru

Timaru

Ashburton


Ashburton

Oamaru

Oamaru

Greymouth

10

17

3


20

26


6

4

35

15

12

29


25

3

0

8

3

4

12


0

6


12

11

13

22

0

13


6

27

9

29

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

South Canterbury won 13-9 and were promoted to Division 1. Marlborough were demoted to Division 2.