Slow-starting Development XV similar to Turbos

Wing Luther Hirini has been in strong form for the Manawatu Development XV.

Manawatu Development XV looking forward to re-match with Hawke's Bay in a fortnight.

Paewai earns grand birthday present

Martin Atkinson, right, of the Central Mavericks makes his way past a sprawling Jacob Smith during their National Hockey League game in Palmerston North on Saturday.

Caryn Paweai celebrated her 40th birthday this week with two goals for the Central Mysticks.

Vipers post big win over Northern

Taranaki's Tyson Lewis, left, scored a hat-trick for the Central Vipers as they opened the National Premiership with a big win over the Northern Swords at Auckland on Sunday.

Tyson Lewis scored three tries as the Central Vipers pumped the Northern Swords.

Milner-Skudder a rare Manawatu World Cup selection

Manawatu's latest World Cup player, Nehe Milner-Skudder.

Nehe Milner-Skudder is the first Manawatu All Black named in an originally-selected Rugby World Cup squad.

Feilding boxer Ricky Murphy wins national title

Feilding boxer Ricky Murphy, left, here sparring with his mentor Shane Cameron, won the New Zealand PBA light middleweight title at the weekend.

Feilding boxer Ricky Murphy's first title win has him looking overseas for his next opponent.


Worker school's latest international

Central Districts latest budding international George Worker testing out his left-arm spin bowling in the nets.

George Worker to get his international breakthrough at last.

Cricket legend Stirling to get a Manawatu sendoff

Peter Hunt of Palmerston North wins his match in the New Zealand Super League Darts.

Simon Stirling will have a memorial service at the Willow Park Tavern next  weekend.

Ryder won't be chaperoned by Central Districts

Former New Zealand all-rounder Jesse Ryder will join Central Districts following two summers with Otago.

Central Districts won't be keeping Jesse Ryder on a short leash when he joins the Stags.

Hood's exit sees Cleaver and Radford gone too

Mark Cleaver.

In six weeks, Central Districts has lost all three Manawatu administrators

New Central Districts boss no stranger to region

Interim Central Districts chief executive Chris Lander.

New Central Districts chief executive has experience working in the region.

rugby union

Feilding High first XVs into national finals

Feilding High School No 8 Hamish Bennett in full flight in the Hurricanes co-ed secondary schools rugby final against Bishop Viard College (Wellington).
Hamish Bennett

Both Feilding High School first XVs have again qualified for the national top-four rugby playoffs.

Turbos' booster would be a win

Manawatu player Hamiora Thomas  during their NPC game against the Tasman Makos at  Blenheim.

Manawatu's Turbos were always going to have a rugged first half of the NPC season.

Masirewa on top on attack

Manawatu player Semisi Masirwa during their ITM Cup game against the Tasman Makos at Blenheim.

Fijian wing Semisi Masirewa hot on attack despite Turbos battling to win their first match.

Turbos get game time in Hawke's Bay

Sam Malcolm playing for the Manawatu Turbos in their pre-season rugby game against Tasman Makos.

A group of Turbos squad members drop down to the Manawatu Development XV on Saturday.

Makos make Turbos pay for errors at Blenheim

Tasman Makos flanker Peter Samu on his way to scoring a try midway through the second half during the win over the Manawatu Turbos.

Manawatu sank to their third loss in three outings in 41-21 loss to Tasman in NPC rugby clash at Blenheim.

Lampp's sports comment

Manawatu's Carrolls make fascinating subjects

Balls, Bullets and Boots  exhibition subject Alphonse Carroll.

OPINION: Palmerston North can be proud that the World War I rugby field-battlefield exhibition evolved in the city.

Manawatu a sporting oasis

New Zealand's basketballers get too close and personal with the Aussie Boomers.

OPINION: When Manawatu teams take on the outside world, it's not really a fair fight.

Nehe awaits his fate after heady test debut

Nehe Milner-Skudder celebrates with Aaron Smith after scoring  during The Rugby Championship match.

OPINION: The Massey University Rugby Club always knew Nehe Milner-Skudder would make his All Black debut.

Laumape signing a cross-code coup

Ngani Laumape scoring for  Palmerston North Boys' High School against Napier Boys' High School in 2011.

This Ngani Laumape saga has been a publicity coup for rugby.

Sandy golf remains the real deal

Ryan Fox  tees off on the 2nd hole in  the 144th Open Championship at  St Andrews, Scotland.

OPINION: TV remote meant St Andrews and the British Open wasn't remote for us.

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