1999 Rugby Super 12.
Each season, five New Zealand teams – the Auckland Blues, the Hamilton Chiefs, the Wellington Hurricanes, the Canterbury Crusaders and the Otago Highlanders thrill huge live crowds and television audiences alike as they jostle for points and placings against each other and teams from Australia and South Africa in the world’s first totally professional, inter-provincial rugby championship.
To mark the 1999 Super 12 Rugby season New Zealand issued this interesting set of postage stamps. The stamps were issued in five team stamp self-adhesive booklets each containing 10 stamps of two different designs and in a sheetlet of ten (gummed) stamps showing all ten designs from the booklets.
Note that much of the text for this post was written in 2013 and added to our Rugby on New Zealand Stamps collection. Since then, more items have been found so we decided to give this issue its own page.
See our Rugby on New Zealand Stamps collection.