The Heartland XV has completed its two-match program over the weekend, defeating New Zealand Marist 25-12 in an epic battle of two halves. More
New Zealand Heartland XV Head Coach Kurt McQuilkin (King Country) and assistant coach Gerard Scott (South Canterbury) have made just two changes to their starting XV selected More
The New Zealand Heartland XV have taken part in a wonderful spectacle of rugby, surviving a comeback and points scoring spree against New Zealand Defence Force to win 60-34 at More
New Zealand Heartland XV Head Coach Kurt McQuilkin (King Country) and assistant coach Gerard Scott (South Canterbury) have named the team to play New Zealand Defence in Methve More
The 2013 programme for the New Zealand Heartland XV has been confirmed with matches against New Zealand Defence Force in Methven on Tuesday 5 November and New Zealand Marist i More
The New Zealand Heartland XV, formerly known as the New Zealand Divisional XV, was established in 1988 to expose players from Divisions Two and Three in the Air New Zealand NPC to rugby at a higher level. In 2006, Heartland Championship replaced the former Air New Zealand NPC Divisions Two and Three, and the competition has given more players the chance to push for national honours. 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 team has been the launching pad of many All Blacks' careers including Carlos Spencer and Justin Marshall. Other players who made appearances for the New Zealand Heartland XV early in their careers include Jeff Wilson, Todd Blackadder, Norm Hewitt, Simon Culhane and Matthew Cooper.