The Steamers are the flagship team of the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union.
Bay of Plenty's top team were the inaugral winners of the first ever NPC is 1976 and in 2004 recorded their first ever Ranfurly Shield victory with a momentous defeat of Auckland at Eden Park. The same year saw the Bay reach the semifinals of the Air New Zealand NPC, losing to an All Black-laden Canterbury - but still finishing a creditable third in the competition.
Since the appointment of the Steamers Head Coach Clayton McMillan the side has reached several of the National Provincial Championship Semi-Finals.
The squad are looking forward to building on last year's performance with coach Clayton McMillan at the helm once again.
Week 1: vs Otago at Tauranga Domain, Tauranga – Sunday 11 August, 2.05pm
Week 2: vs Waikato at Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua – Sunday 18 August, 4.35pm
Week 3: vs Auckland at Eden Park, Auckland – Saturday 24 August, 5.05pm
Week 4: vs North Harbour at QBE Stadium, Albany – Sunday 1 September, 2.05pm
Week 5: vs Wellington at Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua – Saturday 7 September, 7.35pm
Week 6: vs Taranaki at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth – Saturday 14 September, 2.35pm
Week 7: vs Northland at Northland Events Centre, Whangarei – Sunday 22 September, 4.35pm
Week 8: vs Hawke's Bay at Tauranga Domain, Tauranga – Saturday 28 September, 2.35pm
Week 9: vs Manawatu at Tauranga Domain, Tauranga – Saturday 5 October, 2.35pm
Week 10: vs Southland at Rugby Park, Invercargil – Thursday 10 October, 7.35pm
Semi-finals: Friday 18 October – Saturday 19 October
Championship Finals Friday 25 October, 7.35pm
Premiership Finals Saturday 26 October, 7.35pm
Home games for 2019: Otago, Waikato, Wellington, Hawke's Bay and Manawatu
Away games for 2019: Auckland, North Harbour, Taranaki, Northland and Southland
For the full 2019 Mitre 10 Cup draw click here.