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Captain Tagavaitau for Manawatu sevens

Jaxon Tagavaitau will captain Manawatu at the Central Region Sevens on Saturday.

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.

Elite schools players seek greener pastures

The Super Rugby franchises have their eyes on schools rugby talent.

OPINION: It is almost obscene that Super Rugby franchises are now pillaging schools players.

2017 Turbos take shape

Otere Black is one of 21 players already signed for the Manawatu Turbos' 2017 season.

The Manawatu Turbos have locked in the majority of their side to return for a second campaign.

Returning pair in academy squad

Tevita Fehoko has returned to Manawatu after a year with the Canberra Raiders.

Two players returning to the region and three schoolboy stars headline the Manawatu Rugby Academy for 2017.

TRFU sign Barrett and Crowley

New Taranaki rugby recruits Logan Crowley and Jordie Barrett.

The boys are back in town. Taranaki announces two big signings for 2017, with another on the way.

What if NZ had another Super team?

Michael Little was a surprise omission from the five New Zealand Super Rugby franchises when they released their ...

What would an additional New Zealand Super Rugby team look like featuring players who missed contracts with the existing franchises.

NZ Heartland comeback runs out of time

Exciting young NZ Heartland XV wing Te Rangatira Waitokia has a big future in rugby.

The NZ Heartland XV just ran out of time in their comeback against Fijian champions Nadroga.

Schmidt among Manawatu's best

Joe Schmidt's win over the All Blacks was just the latest entry in what has been an impressive coaching career.

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.

Turbos opt against shield challenge

Turbos' lock Jackson Hemopo scored the decisive try against Canterbury this year, but the two sides won't meet in 2017.

The Manawatu Turbos will play cross-over games against Counties Manukau, Waikato, Tasman and Taranaki in the 2017 national provincial championship season.

NZ Heartland XV get past Nadi in Fiji

Wing Willie Paia'aua put in another excellent performance for the NZ Heartland XV

New Zealand Heartland XV survived the heat and a late comeback to beat Nadi in their tour opener in Fiji.

Three Turbos in sevens squad

Turbos wing Nathan Tudreu has put his hand up for the Manawatu sevens team.

Three current Turbos are among 34 players selected in the Manawatu sevens wider training group.

Nine changes in Heartland team

King Country captain  Aarin Dunster is starting for the NZ Heartland side at 38 years of age. He is pictured with Sir ...

The New Zealand Heartland XV will field a new look side against Nadi in Fiji.

Loss will spur on All Blacks

Kieran Read's troops are unlikely to repeat their poor performance against Ireland in Chicago again this year.

The All Blacks lost, but there is no reason to hit the panic switch.

Linton claim sevens title

Reece White was in top form for Linton Black as his side went on to win the Manawatu Club Sevens on Saturday.

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.

Heartland XV down NZ Marist

Captain Kieran Coll leads the New Zealand Heartland XV haka against NZ Marist

The New Zealand Heartland XV proved a touch too tough for the New Zealand Marist side.

NZ Heartland team named

WANGANUI, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 29:  Te Rangatira Waitokia of Wanganui in action during the Mitre 10 Meads Cup Final ...

There is plenty of youth and experience in the NZ Heartland XV to take on NZ Marist.

South Canterbury's Kieran Coll named NZ Heartland captain

South Canterbury captain Kieran Coll has been given the honour of leading the New Zealand Heartland XV.

South Canterbury's captain Kieran Coll will lead the New Zealand Heartland XV.

Crusaders contract expected for HBC

Loose forward Heiden Bedwell-Curtis is expected to be named in the Crusaders for his first Super Rugby contract.

Manawatu is expected to have its greatest ever representation Super Rugby with 12 players likely to be named when teams are announced on Wednesday.

Hemopo, Gibbins claim Turbos awards

Jackson Hemopo was voted players' player of the season in his first year with the Turbos having transferred home from Otago.

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.

Assistant Archibald leaves Turbos

Assistant coach Rhys Archibald spent one season in charge of the Manawatu Turbos' backline.

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 win Lochore Cup

Delighted North Otago captain Ralph Darling poses with the Lochore Cup after thumping King Country in the final.

North Otago were superb in Lochore Cup final to upset King Country.

Butchers Boys beat Buller

Wanganui captain Peter Rowe (with Meads Cup) and Gavin Thornbury celebrate their win over Buller.

Wanganui sneaks past country's smallest union Buller to win Meads Cup for fifth time.

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.

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