New Zealand Heartland XV

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Union New Zealand Rugby Union
Coach(es) Flag of New Zealand.svg Grant Keenan
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The Heartland XV rugby team is one of several New Zealand national representative rugby union teams, although it is at a lower level than the All Blacks (the full national side), the second-level Junior All Blacks and the New Zealand Māori (an all-Māori side that frequently plays full international sides from other countries). The side is drawn exclusively from players for provincial unions that compete in the Heartland Championship, a nominally amateur domestic competition below the fully professional Mitre 10 Cup.

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Founded in 1988 and originally known as the New Zealand Divisional XV, it was designed to expose players from Divisions Two and Three in the Air New Zealand National Provincial Championship (NPC) to rugby at a higher level. Upon the 2006 reorganisation of the NPC into the Air New Zealand Cup and Heartland Championship, the side was revamped into a Heartland-only side and received its current name.

The first New Zealand Heartland XV side toured the Pacific Islands in 2005 and they played six games (which they won), including matches against Tonga and Fiji. Since then the team has toured Argentina in 2006 and the United States in 2008, beating the Pacific Coast Grizzlies and a USA Select XV. (The Divisional XV had previously toured Fiji in 1995 and 2004, and Cook Islands in 1988.)

Recent Squad

2019 Heartland XV Squad [1]

Forwards

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Results

DateOpponentFAVenueNotes
1988-10-13 Cook Islands  Flag of the Cook Islands.svg XV546 Rarotonga Cook Islands tour
1988-10-15 Cook Islands  Flag of the Cook Islands.svg96 Rarotonga Cook Islands tour
1990-3-18 Poverty Bay RFU 556 Gisborne
1992-3-5 Waikato Rugby Union ?? Hamilton
1992-3-22 Thames Valley RFU 306Thames Valley RFU
1993-4-21 Hawke's Bay Rugby Union ?? Napier
1993-4-25 Wellington Rugby Football Union ?? Wellington
1995-3-25 Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg107?Fiji tour
1995-3-28 Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg1923?Fiji tour
1995NZRU President's XV???World Cup warm up
2002-6-2Flag of Italy.svg  Italy XV3535 Palmerston North 2002 Italy tour
2002-6-6IRFU flag.svg  Ireland XV356 Timaru 2002 Irish tour
2004-11-6 Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg3425 Suva Fiji tour
2004-11-10 Fiji A Flag of Fiji.svg 1316 Suva Fiji tour
2004-11-13 Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg2261 Nadi Fiji tour
2005-10-29 Fiji Pacific Warriors Flag of Fiji.svg 1124Prince Charles Park, Nadi Fiji tour 2005
2005-11-13 Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg2939Churchill Park, Lautoka Fiji tour 2005
2006-11-1 Salta 395 Salta Argentina Tour
2006-11-11 Tucuman 1335 Tucuman Argentina Tour
2006-11-11 Argentina A 539 Rosario Argentina Tour
2008-11-4 Pacific Coast Grizzlies 3512 San Francisco USA tour
2008-11-8Flag of the United States.svg  United States Select XV1914 Salt Lake City USA tour
2009-11-14 New Zealand Marist 1123 Masterton
2010-11-6 New Zealand Marist 2231 Wanganui
2010-11-0 New Zealand Defence Force 4713 Levin
2011-10-15 New Zealand Marist 1415 Pukekohe
2012-11-3 New Zealand Marist 1510College Rifles Rugby Club, Auckland
2012-11-7 Apia 2123 Apia Samoa tour
2012-11-13Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa A 1713 Apia Samoa tour
2013-11-06 New Zealand Defence Force 6034 Methven
2013-11-09 New Zealand Marist 2512 Timaru
2014-11-08 New Zealand Marist 4631 Albany
2014-11-11 Cook Islands  Flag of the Cook Islands.svg Residents XV646 BCI National Stadium, Nikao, Rarotonga
2014-11-14 Cook Islands  Flag of the Cook Islands.svg Residents XV2033 BCI National Stadium, Nikao, Rarotonga
2015-11-07 New Zealand Marist 4742 Masterton
2015-11-10 Australian Barbarians 3238 Levin
2015-11-13 Australian Barbarians 2440 Cooks Gardens
2016-11-5 New Zealand Marist 3514Ardmore Marist Rugby Club, Papakura McRea Cup final
2016-11-8 Nadi 2619 Nadi Fiji tour
2016-11-11 Nadroga 2226Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka Fiji tour
2017-11-4 New Zealand Marist 4139 Timaru McRea Cup final
2018-11-1 Vanua Fiji XV 600 Owen Delany Park
2018-11-5 New Zealand Marist 4619 Taupo McRea Cup final
2019-08-31Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 1936 Eden Park, Auckland
2019-11-2New Zealand Marist1929Boyd Park, Te Aroha
2019-11-7 Vanua Fiji XV 127 Lautoka Churchill Park
2019-11-9 Vanua Fiji XV 715 Sigatoka Lawaqa Park

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References

  1. allblacks.com (19 August 2019). "2019 Heartland XV Squad". Archived from the original on 16 October 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2019.