Group B now had new teams. The Central team was replaced by a component of that former team, Taranaki. The same happened with Waikato taking over from the larger catchment of Waicoa Bay. Perennial wooden spoon winner Northern were totally replaced by a team from the other end of the country, Southland. The eighth side was a Canterbury Development team. Waikato took the group from Southland and Taranaki came last.
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