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Six changes for Turbos

Tim Cadwallader will get another chance to start at hooker.

Callum Gibbins, Chris Eves, Otere Black added to Turbos' starting XV for match against Southland.

Rock and rugby join forces

Snaparock promoter Barry Galbraith, top and Tasman Makos player Tim O'Malley combine will both be hoping for a strong ...

Rock and seafood festival Snapafest adds shark to menu after hooking up with the Makos.

Shield leaves coach 'shaking like jelly'

Manawatu captain Duncan Hales steps off the plane in Palmerston North with the Ranfurly Shield with coach Graham Hamer ...

When the fulltime whistle blew to signify Manawatu's maiden Ranfurly Shield victory, coach Graham Hamer was so overcome by emotion that he physically could not get onto the field to celebrate with the team.

Lineouts almost derail Turbos

Jason Emery looked good in his first game at fullback for the Turbos.

 A shonky lineout made beating Northland a whole lot harder than it should have been for the Manawatu Turbos.

Turbos bench inspires win

Otere Black did well off the bench.

Manawatu secure a messy bonus point win over Northland.

Thompson, coach on the field

Kane Thompson has taken over the leadership of the Turbos' lineout.

Kane Thompson's experience has been a big gain for Manawatu this season.

Three to debut for Turbos

Ngani Laumape is one of three players  who will make his Manawatu starting debut on Friday night against Northland.

Three players will make their starting debuts for the Manawatu Turbos when the side takes on Northland in Whangarei on Friday night, but none of the are strangers to first class rugby.

Premiership return goal for Turbos

Heiden Bedwell-Curtis needs to continue his impressive form to pick up his first Super Rugby contract this year.

The Turbos kick off their 2016 campaign on Friday night against Northland in Whangarei with their eyes fixed on a return to the premiership division.

Taylor taking all his chances

Young hooker Travis Taylor is hoping to stake his claim for a starting spot in the Manawatu Turbos.

Travis Taylor wants to make the hooker's spot his own.

Makos end pre-season on a high

Tasman Makos lock Pari Pari Parkinson on the charge during Friday's pre-season rugby win over Manawatu.

The Tasman Makos have delivered a solid 24-14 pre-season win over a near full-strength Manawatu side.

TV profile queried

Massey University Sport and Rugby Institute's manager Dennis Jenkins.

Massey University's Sport and Rugby Institute hopes to attract TV cameras with rugby championship.

Reid named on the wing

Curtis Reid gets a chance to prove his worth on the wing in Manawatu's final preseason game against Tasman.

Turbos midfielder Curtis Reid has been named to start on the wing for the side's final preseason match against Tasman in Nelson on Friday.

Canadian prop signs for Turbos

Canadian international prop Jake Ilnicki signs with Manawatu.

 Manawatu have bolstered thier prop stocks by signing Canadian international Jake Ilnicki.

Sozzled players on trips are an embarrassment waiting to happen

Heiden Bedwell-Curtis after a Turbos match last year.

OPINION: Some good might come out of the Okoroire knees-up in rural Waikato.

Delayed return for Turbos' Canes

Chiefs halfback Kayne Hammington was the first Super Rugby player to re-join the Turbos, playing off the bench in their ...

The Manawatu Turbos will not have their Super Rugby champion Hurricanes players on deck until four days before their first game.

Disciplined Feilding beat Wesley

Josiah Maraku was one of the standouts in Feilding's win over Wesley College on the weekend.

The Feilding High School 1st XV dealt Wesley College their first home loss in the CNI 14-7 in Pukekohe on Saturday.

Turbos downed by Wellington

Manawatu first five-eighth Ben Wyness finds a hole in the Wellington defence.

 A physical Wellington side dealt Manawatu their first loss in four preseason matches 33-26 in Feilding on Sunday.

Under-19 lose to Wanganui

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 16: A Rugby ball is seen on the pitch during the round 17 Super Rugby match between the ...

The Manawatu under-19s lost their first preseason match of the year 19-10 to the Wanganui Development side 19-10 in Bulls on Saturday.

Waikato see off gutsy Wanganui video

Jordan Trainor scored a second half double for Waikato.

Mooloo men made to work hard before kicking on in the second half to retain the Ranfurly Shield.

Canes win a team effort

Heading into the season, few would have predicated that Loni Uhila would have been good enough to start in a Super Rugby ...

OPINION: Much credit has to go to Hurricanes coaches Chris Boyd, John Plumtree and Jason Holland for the way they pulled the group together.

Boss honoured to start for Mooloos

Isaac Boss (with the ball) made his return off the bench for Waikato in June as they beat Thames Valley in Paeroa.

Waikato veteran can't wait to make his first start in 11 years in their third defence of the Ranfurly Shield in 2016.

Giltrap under-19 captain

Former Boys' High captain Liam Giltrap will captain the Manawatu under-19s from openside flanker.

Liam Giltrap has been named captain of the Manawatu under 19s for the side's first preseason match of the season against Wanganui B in Bulls on Saturday.

Financial gain unlikely from Canes' success

The winning mindset of Hurricanes players like Ngani Laumape will be a key benefit to Manawatu rugby should the Super ...

Manawatu Turbos coach Jeremy Cotter expects a huge impact on the province if the Hurricanes win the Super Rugby title, but it will not be in the form of a financial benefit.

Manawatu men on Hurricanes charge

Manawatu Turbos captain Callum Gibbins dives over for his sole try for the Hurricanes in 2016 against the Crusaders.

The Hurricanes have two Manawatu players named on the bench for their Super Rugby final, but eight have contributed to the teams' impressive season.

Hooker battle heating up

Tim Cadwallader, one of three players battling  for the Turbos' starting spot at hooker, will start at tighthead prop in ...

Hooker Hunter Prescott will be looking for a big game against his former province after being named to start for Manawatu in their penultimate preseason match against Wellington in Feilding on Sunday.

Wanganui ready to 'have a go'

Wanganui's players celebrate winning last year's Heartland Championship.

Wanganui beat a Taranaki development XV ahead of facing Waikato in their 29th Ranfurly Shield challenge.

Unexpected winning margins for Manawatu in pre-season

NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 30:  Newton Tudreu of Manawatu trybound in the pre-season Mitre 10 Cup match between Hawke's ...

OPINION: There just cannot be 96 points separating the Manawatu and Hawke's Bay rugby teams.

Iose locked up for Manawatu

Brayden Iose will be part of the Manawatu rugby academy once he finishes at Palmerston North Boys' High School.

One of the top schoolboy rugby players in the country Brayden Iose has opted to stick with Manawatu once he leaves school.

Predictable squad, but not starters

Beauden Barrett should be given the start for the All Blacks at fullback.

OPINION: The All Blacks squad was predictable, but just who Steve Hansen rolls out in his starting line-up for the first match of the Rugby Championship against Australia on August 20 will be anything but.

Absolute shocker wins the shield

Doug Rollerson looks for a pass during Wanganui's Ranfurly Shield challenge against Manawatu in 1977.

 Doug Rollerson's wobbly dropped goal in 1976 helped start Manawatu's first and only Ranfury Shield reign.

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