Jaxon Tagavaitau will once again lead the Manawatu Sevens team as they look to go one better than last year and win the Central Region Sevens title in Levin on Saturday.
OPINION: It is almost obscene that Super Rugby franchises are now pillaging schools players.
The Manawatu Turbos have locked in the majority of their side to return for a second campaign.
Two players returning to the region and three schoolboy stars headline the Manawatu Rugby Academy for 2017.
The boys are back in town. Taranaki announces two big signings for 2017, with another on the way.
What would an additional New Zealand Super Rugby team look like featuring players who missed contracts with the existing franchises.
The NZ Heartland XV just ran out of time in their comeback against Fijian champions Nadroga.
Josef Schmidt has been the talk of the rugby world this week after he coached Ireland to an historic 40-29 win over the All Blacks on Sunday in Chicago.
The Manawatu Turbos will play cross-over games against Counties Manukau, Waikato, Tasman and Taranaki in the 2017 national provincial championship season.
New Zealand Heartland XV survived the heat and a late comeback to beat Nadi in their tour opener in Fiji.
Three current Turbos are among 34 players selected in the Manawatu sevens wider training group.
The New Zealand Heartland XV will field a new look side against Nadi in Fiji.
The All Blacks lost, but there is no reason to hit the panic switch.
After a rough club season Linton Army have restored some pride in their jersey by claiming some rare silverware at the Manawatu Club Sevens at Massey University on Saturday.
The New Zealand Heartland XV proved a touch too tough for the New Zealand Marist side.
There is plenty of youth and experience in the NZ Heartland XV to take on NZ Marist.
South Canterbury's captain Kieran Coll will lead the New Zealand Heartland XV.
Manawatu is expected to have its greatest ever representation Super Rugby with 12 players likely to be named when teams are announced on Wednesday.
Jackson Hemopo and Callum Gibbins walked away as the big winners from the Manawatu Turbos' end of season awards at the Palmerston North Convention Centre on Monday night.
The Manawatu Turbos will be on the look-out for a new backs coach again with assistant coach Rhys Archibald returning to Christchurch.
North Otago were superb in Lochore Cup final to upset King Country.
Wanganui sneaks past country's smallest union Buller to win Meads Cup for fifth time.
Buller co-coach Craig Scanlon says his side is ready to upset Wanganui in the Meads Cup final.
A fractured hip has added to a frustrating finish to the rugby season for Heiden Bedwell-Curtis.
Recruiting top schoolboy players is becoming increasingly difficult for smaller provinces according to Manawatu Rugby Union chief executive John Knowles.
New Zealand Heartland XV coach Barry Matthews has selected 15 new caps to tour Fiji.
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.
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.
Defending champions Wanganui will take on the country's smallest union, Buller, in the final.
South Canterbury should sneak past Buller on Saturday to make the Meads Cup final.