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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.

Makos surge past the Turbos

Mitchell Scott of the Tasman Makos is stopped by the Manawatu defence.

The Tasman Makos used an 11 minute second half scoring spurt to bank another five NPC points.

Oliver back after a year out

New Manawatu Turbos wing Ambrose Curtis.

No 8 James Oliver makes a long-awaited return to the Manawatu Turbos on Thursday night.

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.

Cording wins Wanganui Open in playoff

Manawatu-Wanganui's Regan Cording on the  tee in the national interprovincial.

Regan Cording has had a first and second in two order-of-merit golf events.

Gibbins sees no need for stage fright

Manawatu's Callum Gibbins takes on the Waikato loose forwards during Saturday's rugby match.


Juszczyk leads with hat-trick of tries

Manawatu player Doug Juszczyk in action in an ealier game against Taranaki.


Anxious Turbos just need to relax

Waikato prop Loni Uhila takes on the Manawatu defence on Saturday.

The Manawatu Turbos need to be psyched up in a positive way this season.

Feilding High through to co-ed final

Feilding High School wing Saia Teumohenga.

Feilding High School's first XV are again through to the Hurricanes co-ed rugby final.

Storm chasing no good for Turbos

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Rugby Manawatu Turbos vs Waikato. Jason Emery with ball, Waikato player is Murray Iti & Hamish Northcott behind

The Turbos must get away from forging a strange new reputation as storm chasers.

Is this the World Cup's youngest fan? video

Lexi with her Rugby World Cup tickets. When she was first told about getting an All Blacks shirt for the games, she thought she had made the team, her mum said. "She said she didn't want to play because 'I'm not very good'."

Four-year-old Lexi is heading to Wembley for the All Blacks' opening match.

Thomas to fill Milner-Skudder's shoes

New Manawatu fullback Hamiora Thomas, right, at the Turbos' captain's run on Friday..

Thomas loving being back in the Manawatu Turbos after missing a season through injury.

NZ Sevens wing Curtis joins Turbos

Ambrose Curtis playing against Fiji in the Hong Kong Sevens final.

NZ sevens player called into Manawatu Turbos rugby squad.

Tichborne faces his NZDF team

Hakarangi Tichborne will try to live up to his sensational internet try.

Army officer Hakarangi Tichborne to face his Defence Force comrades

Balls, Bullets exhibition to launch

The Balls, Bullets and Boots exhibition opens at NZ Rugby Museum on Saturday.

Descendants of 16 World War I soldiers will be at the Balls, Bullets and Boots exhibition.

Newton Tudreu sidelined for up to six weeks

Wing Newton Tudreu playing for Manawatu against Waikato last year.

Caption: 629969342 Newton Tudreu, here playing against Waikato at Hamilton last year, won't be fit to face them on Saturday. Photo: FAIRFAX NZ

Manawatu referees to take a harder line

The Manawatu referees want protection for assistant referees running the touch lines.

Manawatu's rugby referees have resolved not to take any more abuse.

Development XV too strong for Horowhenua

Manawatu Development XV prop Hakarangi Tichborne.

The Manawatu Development XV had too much scoring prowess for neighbouring Heartland side.

Final one step high for Feilding High

Tokanui Sofa scores a try for Manukura ahead of Tu Toa's Bailey Taylor.

Feilding High School's first XV gave their nemesis, St Paul's Collegiate School, way too much of a head start.

Turbos need to unleash their mongrel

Hamiora Thomas of Manawatu charges forward against Counties Manukau on Sunday.

The Manawatu Turbos took 70 minutes to get going against Counties Manukau.

Rampant Counties hold out Turbos

Counties Manukau wing Toni Pulu was a key man against the Turbos

Counties Manukau prevail in NPC rugby but didn't see Manawatu resurgence coming.

Nehe can put his feet up watching the All Blacks' safety video

Nehe Milner-Skudder poses with his family and his test cap  after the  Bledisloe Cup match  at Eden Park.

OPINION: Manawatu's Milner-Skudder did enough with little ball to earn his World Cup ticket.

Turbos step into the unknown at Pukekohe

The Manawatu Turbos forwards training at Arena Manawatu on Friday for their clash with Counties Manukau.

The acid will come on the Manawatu forwards in their clash with Counties-Manukau at Pukekohe.

New prop pops up in Development team

Former Southland rugby player, Tuki Raimona.

Manawatu Development XV has third hit-out, against Horowhenua-Kapiti at Foxton.

Gibbins bringing up his half ton

The 2015 Manawatu Turbos squad posing beside their bendy bus. Back row from left are Fraser Stone, Hamish Northcott, Hamiora Thomas, Otere Black, Fraser Armstrong, Chris Eves (obscured), Nick Grogan, Valentino Mapapalangi, Michael Alaalatoa, Tim Cadwallader, Callum Gibbins (thumbs up), Hakarangi Tichborne, Tom Hughes, Mark Atkins, James Oliver, coach Jason O'Halloran, Jaxon Tagavaitau, Tom Parsons, Adrian Barone, coach Jeremy Cotter.

Front row from left: Jason Emery, Sam Malcolm, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Jamie Booth, Kayne Hammington, Newton Tudreu, Nathan Tudreu, Rob Foreman (with cap), Luther Hirini, Semisi Masirewa. Absent: Antonio Kiri Kiri.

Manawatu rugby captain Callum Gibbins brings up his half century of games on Sunday.

Leota recalls Milner-Skudder cutting up

Johnny Leota of Sale in action against Bath  in Salford, England.

Professional Johnny Leota was among many stars to sprout from his touch team.

Morland drafted in to Turbos

Veteran Te Kawau halfback Toby Morland, right, has been drafted in to the Manawatu Turbos as injury cover, alongside the man he has replaced, Kayne Hammington, who has hurt his ribs.

Former Super Rugby halfback Toby Morland is drafted into the Turbos

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