Rugby Union

Buller busting to win Meads Cup

Buller coach Craig Scanlon of Buller celebrates on full time during the Meads Cup semi-final against South Canterbury.

Buller co-coach Craig Scanlon says his side is ready to upset Wanganui in the Meads Cup final.

Hip injury for Bedwell-Curtis

Manawatu loose forward Heiden Bedwell-Curtis sidelined with a hip injury for six weeks.

A fractured hip has added to a frustrating finish to the rugby season for Heiden Bedwell-Curtis.

Young players' prices challenge small unions

Retaining talented schoolboy players like Feilding High School's Vilimoni Koroi is becoming tougher for small unions ...

Recruiting top schoolboy players is becoming increasingly difficult for smaller provinces according to Manawatu Rugby Union chief executive John Knowles.

Fresh faces for Heartland XV

TIMARU, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 22: James Lash of Buller looks to pass the ball during the Heartland Meads Cup match ...

New Zealand Heartland XV coach Barry Matthews has selected 15 new caps to tour Fiji.

Cruden proves his worth

Aaron Cruden played most of the second half in the All Blacks' record breaking 18th-consecutive test win on Saturday night.

Anyone wondering why keeping Aaron Cruden in the country is important need look no further then the All Blacks' 37-10 win over the Wallabies on Saturday night.

Gibbins Turbos' best

Callum Gibbins, 28, had another strong season for the Manawatu Turbos.

In a week's time the Manawatu Turbos will host their 2016 end of season awards, so rugby writer Shaun Eade takes a look back on the campaign to decide who he thinks should walk away with the honours.

Buller upsets South Canterbury

Buller's  Penijamini Nabainivalu celebrates scoring a try with teammate Daniel Hytongue.

Defending champions Wanganui will take on the country's smallest union, Buller, in the final.

South Canty favoured in semi

South Canterbury halfback Nick Annear is back in form.

South Canterbury should sneak past Buller on Saturday to make the Meads Cup final.

Where the Turbos went wrong

Halfback Jamie Booth split time in the No 9 jersey with Kayne Hammington and Toby Morland which made building a ...

Rugby writer Shaun Eade takes a look at six factors which saw the Manawatu Turbos' season come to a premature end.

Ready for Fifty Shades Greater?

Richie McCaw gets sweaty in trailer mash-up Fifty Shades Greater.

Richie McCaw in a sexy blockbuster movie? We'd pay to watch that.

NPC shackled by flawed trials

The trial breakdown laws were flawed from the start and will be scraped at the end of the NPC

It is time to stop treating the national provincial championship like a second-rate competition.

Playoff miss reflected in Turbos' stats

Ngani Laumape scored seven tries in his first season of provincial rugby, including a hat-trick against Southland.

 Dig through the statistical leaders of the national provincial championship and there is a glaring lack of Manawatu players cracking the top 10.

Hammington a Highlander

Manawatu halfback Kayne Hammington has a chance to add to his five Super Rugby caps after being signed to the Highlanders.

The Highlanders have added a second Manawatu halfback to the roster for 2017 after signing Kayne Hammington.

Up and down year for Cotter

Manawatu's 19-13 win over Canterbury was among the highs of an up and down Turbos' season.

It was not exactly a fairytale first season in charge for Manawatu Turbos coach Jeremy Cotter.

Turbos' season over

Ambrose Curtis spies a gap for Manawatu during their loss to Otago.

 Manawatu's season has come to an end after a crushing final weekend of the national provincial championship.

Turbos miss their chance

Hamish Northcott looks for an offload as he is tackled by an Otago player.

 The Manawatu Turbos had a top four spot sitting on a platter after knocking off Wellington with two matches remaining, they blew it.

All Blacks 'need' Cruden

Aaron Cruden is swamped by defenders during Manawatu's 21-14 loss to Otago on Friday night.

Aaron Cruden's provincial coach says the All Blacks must keep the mercurial first-five for the next Rugby World Cup.

Cruden's classy comeback video

Aaron Cruden goes through his practice drills.

OPINION: A confident Aaron Cruden passed his first test for an All Blacks recall in Manawatu's loss to Otago.

Otago tackle their way to win

Nathan Tudreu almost scores for Manawatu.

Otago turned on a defensive masterclass in their 21-14 win over Manawatu in Palmerston North on Friday night.

Super Rugby interest for HBC

Heiden Bedwell-Curtis has been in outstanding form, but he is still playing a waiting game when it comes to a Super ...

He is one of the best players on a weekly basis for the Manawatu Turbos, but finding a path to Super Rugby continues to prove an uphill battle for Heiden Bedwell-Curtis.

Samoans playoff for third

Flanker Josh Leung-Wai has been one of the top performers for the Manawatu Samoans this year.

The Manawau Samoans will play off for third place against the Horowhenua-Kapiti Samoans in the Central Samoan Rugby High Commissioners Cup at Bill Brown Park on Saturday.

Cruden on Turbos' bench

Otere Black will start at first five-eighth against Otago, but may be shifted to fullback in the second half to make ...

Aaron Cruden is expected to play 30-40 minutes off the bench in Manawatu Turbos' final regular season match of the season against Otago in Palmerston North on Friday.

Cruden to play for Turbos

Aaron Cruden, pictured here during his last match for Manawatu in 2014, is set to play for the Turbos against Otago on ...

All Black first five-eighth set to wear green and white in return from groin injury.

BOP's scrum powers win

Ambrose Curtis scored one of Manawatu's five tries, but it wasn't enough to prevent his side stumbling to a 38-33 loss ...

Bay of Plenty translated their dominant set piece into a 38-33 win over Manawatu in Rotorua on Sunday to keep their semifinal hopes alive.

Springboks' tactics ancient

The Springboks' kicking game against the All Blacks in Durban got them nowhere. This Patrick Lambie kick was charged ...

Anyone questioning why you can't compare different eras of rugby need to look no further than the All Blacks' 57-15 annihilation of the Springboks in Durban.

Disgraced Smith back in NZ video

Disgraced All Black Aaron Smith arrives in Dunedin.

"I just want to go home," Aaron Smith says, landing in Dunedin after flying in from South Africa.

Concussion rules out captain Callum

With Callum Gibbins out, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis will captain the Turbos against Bay of Plenty on Sunday.

The Manawatu Turbos will head into their crunch match against Bay of Plenty in Rotorua on Sunday without courageous captain Callum Gibbins.

Four try effort almost didn't happen

Antonio Kiri Kiri says the last time he scored four tries in a match was back in under-10s rugby.

Manawatu Turbos flanker Antonio Kiri Kiri almost left the field early in his side's win over Wellington with sore stomach. He went on to score four tries.

Consistency key for Turbos

Manawatu Turbos coach Jeremy Cotter will be hoping for a repeat effort against Bay of Plenty.

Hats off to the Turbos, Wednesday night's performance was remarkable.

Records tumble in Turbos win

Callum Gibbins now holds Manawatu's record for tries in the NPC.

The Turbos' 50-28 win over Wellington in Palmerston North on Wednesday was not only a big match for their season, but a big match for the union's history.

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