The Turbos' missing 12

Rob Foreman retired from provincial rugby this year after 110 games for Manawatu.

The Turbos' squad for 2016 is missing 12 faces from last season.

The year of the Sky Blues

Varsity captain Doug Juszcyzk hoists the Hankins Shield after beating Kia Toa in the final on Saturday.

After Varsity wrapped up the Manawatu club rugby season by claiming the Hankins Shield on Saturday, rugby writer Shaun Eade reviews each club's performance in 2016.

Super bowls club in pipeline

Could there be a super bowling club in Palmerston North?

Could there be a super bowling club in Palmerston North?

Taihape hearts broken in thrilling final

A flock of Taihape supporters took a bus to Cook's Gardens in Whanganui to watch their team battle Border.

Taihape rugby fans disappointed after Border emerge victorious in premiership final.

Novice fighters turns it on

Scorpion Gym held a novice fight day at the weekend.

Scorpion Gym held a novice fight day at the weekend.


Patel, Small get contracts

Navin Patel has picked up his first contract for Central Districts.

Manawatu bowlers Navin Patel and Bevin Small were the big winners of the second round of domestic contracts with both being picked up by Central Districts.

Boys High get win, but miss nationals

Braden Rowe hit 41 for Palmerston North Boys' High School before he was run out against Napier Boys' High School on Tuesday.

Jack Harris took five wickets as Palmerston North Boys' High School beat Napier Boys' High School by ___ runs in the second day of qualifiers for the national one day tournament.

Cricket world poorer for loss of Crowe

Former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe, centre, visiting Palmerston North Boys' High School back in 2014.

Martin Crowe's long-time friend Derek Stirling says Crowe was a great player and good man.

Stags batsmen fighting hard

Stags left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel shouldered a heavy workload during Canterbury's second innings in their Plunket Shield ...

The Central Stags were fighting hard in their chase for 376 runs to beat Canterbury in their Plunket Shield cricket match in Nelson.

Manawatu overcomes possible upset

Mitch Renwick and his team's hopes of capitalising on their slim chance at the Hawke Cup were dashed by wooden-spoon ...

Manawatu were given a big surprise by Horowhenua-Kapiti.

rugby union

Five added to Turbos for preseason

Freyberg midfielder Mapa Tuipulotu is one of five players who will join the Turbos squad for their preseason campaign.

Five players have been added to the Manawatu Turbos squad on short term deals to prepare with the side during preseason.

Boys' High beat Kings College

Michael Ioane was one of the standouts for Palmerston North Boys" High School in their win against Kings College.


Hankins Shield victory for Varsity

Varsity fullback Clayton Stewart searches for a way through the Kia Toa defence.

Varsity crowned champions of Manawatu club rugby after nail-biting Hankins Shiled final win over Kia Toa.

Te Kawau win Val Holland

Te Kawau celebrate after winning the Val Holland Memorial Trophy against Feilding.

Te Kawau claim Val Holland Memorial Trophy in referee's time.

Maximum ban for ref puncher

Manawatu club rugby player Pama Paisami has been banned from rugby for life after punching a referee.

Club rugby player given life ban for punching a referee, knocking him to the ground.

Lampp's sports comment

Changing of guard for Turbos

Rob Foreman won't be playing for the Manawatu Turbos this year.

OPINION: When the Manawatu Turbos jog out for real for the first time this rugby season, the No 2 jersey will be on someone else's back.

Rugby player poaching in schools continues unabated

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Terry Pongi of the Sacred Heart first XV breaks out of a tackle.

OPINION: There was a time when schools were satisfied just educating students.

Are new breakdown rule variations really rugby?

Tim Wilkinson might have been a contender for the Rio Olympics.

To heck with bring back Buck; let's just bring back the ruck.

Aussie larrikin from another era

Jeff Thomson spoke at the Manawatu Cricket Association dinner.

OPINION: Former express cricketer and now raconteur Jeff Thomson seems to be a happy 65-year-old larrikin.

Willett breaks the elite shackles at Augusta

2016 Masters champion Danny Willett.

OPINION: A few moons ago a friend was playing rugby for one of the big London rugby clubs.

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