| New Zealand|
13 Aug 2015 – 24 Oct 2015
Manawatu Rugby Union
| 498 (average 6.553 per match)|
Tom Taylor (Canterbury)
Canterbury Rugby Football Union
2016 Mitre 10 Cup, 2015 Super Rugby se, 2016 Super Rugby se, 2014 Super Rugby se, 2015 World Rugby Under 20
The 2015 ITM Cup season was the tenth year running since the competition reconstruction in 2006 and the fifth under the new Premiership and Championship format. For the ITM Cup competition it involved the top 14 provincial unions of New Zealand. For sponsorship reasons, the competition was known as the ITM Cup and it was currently the sixth season under the new sponsor. Including the defunct National Provincial Championship, this is the 38th season of New Zealand's premier domestic competition. The regular season matches took place every Thursday to Sunday from 13 August until 23 August and then every Wednesday to Sunday from 26 August until 11 October – followed by the semi-finals that culminated in the final on 24 October.
The 2015 season saw Manawatu enter the Premiership division for the first time, having replaced the relegated Wellington. Manawatu achieved three victories in their inaugural division, and finished last following the regular season.
2015 ITM Cup Wikipedia
Covering 11 weeks, with nine weeks of competition and two weeks for the semifinals and finals, the schedule features a total of 76 matches. The 14 teams are grouped and divided into two divisions of seven teams, labeled the Premiership Division and the Championship Division. They are based on their on-field finishing positions following the previous year, teams finishing 1-7 will form the Premiership, teams finishing 8-14 will form the Championship. Including a promotion/relegation process between the winner of the Championship receiving automatic promotion to the Premiership replacing the seventh placed team in the Premiership which will be relegated to the Championship for the following year. The regular season consists of two types of matches:Internal Division Matches – Each team plays the other six teams in the same division once, home or away.
Cross Division Matches – Each team plays four teams from the other division, thus missing out on three teams (each from the opposite division). Each team plays home or away games against teams from the other division, making a total of ten competition games for each team.
The top four teams of each division, will move on to the finals. The top two division winners, based on table points, received a home semi-final. In the first round of the finals, the semi-finals, the second division winner hosts the third division winner, and the first division winner hosts the fourth division winner. The final is hosted by the top remaining seed.
There is also the Ranfurly Shield. It is automatically contested when the holder of the shield plays at home in any round (excluding semis and final).
Points breakdown:4 points for a win
2 points for a draw
1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match
The Overall Standings classification system:Four Division Winners/Leaders in log points order
The remaining three teams in log points order
When teams are level on log points, they are sorted by:
the winner of the round robin match between the two provinces
highest overall points difference
highest number of tries scored
highest number of points scored
a coin toss
Updated: 24 October 2015
The results of the season were as follows: