NPC set for reform
September 6, 2002

The New Zealand Rugby Football Union have have announced a major review of the National Provincial Championship that could lead to major changes after 2005.

The review will be conducted following the termination of the News Ltd professional contract in 2005 and will investigate the optimal number of divisions (at present three) and provincial unions (27) - figures that have been virtually unchanged for the competition's 27 years.

It will investigate the makeup of provincial boundaries, the relationship between the NPC and Super 12 rugby, and the intricacies of the player transfer market.

The direction of the changes have possibly been signposted by initiatives brought in to this year`s first division.

The changes were made to improve the prospects of non-Super 12 franchise base unions, creating a more even competition.

More details of the review are expected when the new NZRFU board is elected later this month and the review process established.

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