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The ITM Cup is the domestic rugby competition for the nation of New Zealand, starting more recently than most rugby competitions, in 2006. When it started there were fourteen teams but now has splut into two different competitions. The ITM Cup is now sponsored by the Independent Timber Merchants, but previously had Air New Zealand as the title sponsor. It is played from July to October normally. Air New Zealand is now the title sponsor for the All Blacks Instead, the the trophy has been renamed the ITM Cup as of the 2010 season.
The tournament saw Canterbury come out ahead last year going up against Waikato in the finals. Canterbury also won the previous two years, and the two seasons before that were the first two of the ITM Cup. The 2006 edition was won by Waikato and Auckland took it in 2007. With the exception of last year's competition where Waikato was the runners-up, Wellington has taken second in every year of the ITM Cup competition. If you want to watch the ITM Cup teams compete you can get your membership at the links and get streaming high quality video of the ITM Cup as well as the Rugby World Cup this year.
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