Rugby Union

Koroi centre of attention

Vilimoni Koroi aims to make the New Zealand Secondary Schools team in his final year at Feilding High School.

Vilimoni Koroi is considering playing in the midfield.

Good and Feaunati switch roles

Aaron Good will coach the Manawatu under-19s in 2016.

The Manawatu Rugby Union has effectively shuffled the deck chairs by switching the roles of two of its representative coaches.

Cron confident in scrum depth

All Blacks assistant coach Mike Cron is confident there are enough young players ready to stand up in the front row after the departures of Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu and Ben Franks.

Maintaining the All Blacks' front row depth is key for assistant coach Mike Cron.

Old rugby adversary had valid opinions

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 24: Scott Scrafton (L) of Auckland is yellow carded by Referee Ben O'Keeffe during the ITM Cup Premiership Final between Canterbury and Auckland at AMI Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

OPINION: Old-school opinions about rugby from yesteryear still ring true today.

Lalogafau back with Cyclones

The Manawatu Cyclones picked up two wins under coach Mike Lalogafau in 2015. Here Manawatu's Krysten Duffill gets tackled by Abbie Collier in during their 58-8 win.

Mike Lalogafau has been re-signed to lead a four-headed coaching beast in charge of the Cyclones for the Women's NPC.

Cron not convinced on six-point tries

Mike Cron wants rugby to follow the league system of putting players on report for indiscretions rather than sending them to the sin bin for 10 minutes.

More penalties and more yellow cards could be the result of six-point tries.Blac

Cama confident in NZ improvement

Junior Tomasi Cama thinks the return to sevens of players like Akira Ioane will see New Zealand return to its winning ways.

Former New Zealand sevens maestro Junior Tomasi Cama believes the team will return to its winning ways in Wellington next weekend.

Winiata key to Manawatu's crown

Selica Winiata breaking free to score a try during while playing for New Zealand against USA in the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2014.

OPINION: You can never tire of watching Selica Winiata turning on her calypso skills.

Sewabu to coach Varsity

Koli Sewabu will coach Varsity in 2016.

The final Manawatu senior A side has settled on its coach after Varsity announced they have given the job to former Fijian international Koli Sewabu.

Alaalatoa eyes Crusaders role

Michael Alaalatoa hopes to see plenty of game time in the Crusaders' front row.

Michael Alaalatoa aims for regular Crusaders front row berth.

Manawatu claim national sevens title

Manawatu's Keri Hayden fends Canterbury's  Cassandra Engler on the first day of the National Sevens in Rotorua.

Manawatu shed the bridesmaids' tag by beating Wellington 26-19 in the final of the National Sevens in Rotorua on Sunday.

Curtis hoping for NZ recall

Ambrose Curtis will play for Manawatu at the National Sevens for the first time this weekend.

Ambrose Curtis is hoping his move to Manawatu will be the catalyst for him to be recalled to the New Zealand sevens team.

Balsillie set for big year

Manawatu's Lauren Balsillie will play her second National Sevens this weekend.

Lauren Balsillie has yet to celebrate her 18th birthday, but she has already become a fixture in Manawatu women's rugby teams.

Attitude key for Manawatu

Jaxon Tagavaitau will captain Manawatu at the National Sevens in Rotorus this weekend.

Trusting in their structures and having the right attitudes are the keys for Manawatu at the National Sevens in Rotorua this weekend, according to coach Junior Tomasi Cama.

Vaughan in, but no Goss for Manawatu

Janna Vaughan is expected to make it through her final fitness test and play for Manawatu at the National Sevens in Rotorua this weekend.

The expected return from injury of Janna Vaughan has given the Manawatu women's sevens team a reason for positivity despite Sarah Goss being made unavailable.

Manawatu women claim another title

Manawatu's Krysten Duffill was the player of the tournament at the Provincial Sevens in Mount Maunganui on Saturday.

The Manawatu women's sevens team has solidified its spot as favourites for the National Sevens by winning the Provincial Sevens in Mount Maunganui on Saturday.

Banger returns early for Manawatu

Brice Henderson will test out his injury at the Provincial Sevens in Mount Maunganui this weekend.

Brice Henderson has made a surprising return to the Manawatu sevens team following a rapid recovery from what was expected to be a season-ending knee injury.

Injuries hammer Manawatu women sevens team

Manawatu sevens star Selica Winiata will make her return from a back injury at the Provincial Sevens in Mount Maunagnui on Saturday.

Injuries have wreaked havoc on the Manawatu women's sevens team ahead of the Mount Maunagnui Provincial Sevens on Saturday.

Eves eyes starting role

Chris Eves (left) enjoyed a strong season for the Hurricanes in 2015, but a hamstring injury ruled him out of playing for Manawatu in the NPC.

Hurricanes prop Chris Eves has fully recovered from a hamstring injury that kept him sidelined since the Super Rugby final.

Jamie fills Falcons' booth

Turbos halfback Jamie Booth will be looking to regain his 2014 form during his stint with Newcastle.

Jamie Booth has traded his Kiwi summer for an English winter after signing a three-month contract with Newcastle.

Northcott ready for Super call-up

Hamish Northcott played six games for the Blues in 2015.

Hamish Northcott is keeping himself fit in the hope that a Super Rugby team will come calling.

Garvey bolts into Manawatu team

Andrew Garvey had not played rugby for two years when he returned to Manawatu three months ago.

Andrew Garvey had barely been back in the country when he was scooped up by the Manawatu sevens side.

Flanker faces front-row future

Flanker Liam Giltrap will decide at the end of next year if he should convert to hooker.

Liam Giltrap has gained national selection as a loose forward, but now he is facing the prospect of having to shift to the front row to progress his career.

Six new players in Manawatu academy

Feilding High School wing Saia Teumohenga is one of six new players in the 15-man Manawatu Rugby Academy for 2016.

 Manawatu will run a downsized academy next year.

Ropati stepping up the ranks

TamaToa Ropati put on an impressive showing for Manawatu at the Central Region Sevens.

TamaToa Ropati believes training in the army has been the perfect preparation to the gruelling Manawatu sevens training session.

Weight gain key for Bunce

Jordan Bunce is trying to put on weight in a bid to get recalled to the New Zealand sevens team.

While most players try and trim down for sevens season, Jordan Bunce plans to do the exact opposite.

Four in a row for Manawatu

The Manawatu women's sevens team celebrate winning the Central Region Sevens title.

A hat-trick from Janna Vaughan against Wellington helped Manawatu go back-to-back at the Central Region Sevens.

Manawatu men second in Central Sevens

Jaxon Tagavaitau had some strong performances for Manawatu at the Central Region Sevens in Levin.

Manawatu were left to rue their early errors as they settled for second at the Central Region Sevens in Levin on Saturday.

Mayes to lead Manawatu

Crystal Mayes will captain Manawatu at the Central Region Sevens title in Levin on Saturday.

Crystal Mayes will lead Manawatu in their defence of their Central Region Sevens title in Levin on Saturday.

Cama confident for central sevens

Wellington-based Samoan sevens international Greg Lealofi will play for Manawatu at the Central Region Sevens in Levin on Saturday.

Manawatu sevens coach Junior Tomasi Cama is confident he has a side capable of winning the Central Region Sevens.

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