Waikato will open their 2015 ITM Cup campaign at home against last year’s Premiership finalists Tasman on Friday 14 August.
A Ranfurly Shield challenge is also on the schedule, should Hawke’s Bay still be the holders, on Friday 9 October at McLean Park in Napier.
Waikato’s midweek fixture is against Canterbury in Week 7, meaning they will face a tough stretch of Taranaki, Canterbury and Wellington over a nine day period.
Home games for 2015: Tasman, Auckland, Southland, Wellington and Counties Manukau.
Away games for 2015: Manawatu, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Canterbury and Hawke’s Bay.
Waikato draw for the 2015 ITM Cup:
- Week 1: vs Tasman at Waikato Stadium – Friday 14 August, 6.05pm
- Week 2: vs Manawatu at FMG Stadium, Palmerston North – Saturday 22 August, 2.35pm
- Week 3: vs Bay of Plenty at TBA (away) – Sunday 30 August, 2.35pm
- Week 4: vs Auckland at Waikato Stadium – Saturday 5 September, 2.35pm
- Week 5: vs Southland at Waikato Stadium – Thursday 10 September, 7.35pm
- Week 6: vs Taranaki at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth – Friday 18 September, 7.35pm
- Week 7: vs Canterbury at AMI Stadium (Addington) – Wednesday 23 September, 7.35pm
- Week 7: vs Wellington at Waikato Stadium – Sunday 27 September, 2.35pm
- Week 8: vs Counties Manukau at Waikato Stadium – Friday 2 October, 7.35pm
- Week 9: vs Hawke’s Bay (Ranfurly Shield) at McLean Park, Napier – Friday 9 October, 7.35pm
- Semifinals: Friday 16 October – Saturday 17 October
- Finals: Friday 23 October and Saturday 24 October