Rugby Union

Turbos squad almost full

Manawatu centre Jason Emery was one of four players to appear in every match for the Turbos last season.

The Manawatu Turbos have all but filled their quota of contracted players.

Rugby player cops 10-year ban

One of the biggest bans in Manawatu rugby club history has been handed down.

A Feilding rugby player who swore and spat at a referee has been given a decade-long ban from the game.

Pirates do senior second double

The Pirates players celebrate after winning their second successive Manawatu senior seconds final.

Pirates intend going for the threepeat next year after winning the senior second club rugby final again.

Otere Black Turbos' main man

Otere Black will be the Manawatu Turbos first five-eighth again this season.

Aaron Cruden playing for the Manawatu Turbos again this season - forget it.

Development XV crunch Wairarapa-Bush

Manawatu Development XV No 8 Matt Gardner.

An under-strength Wairarapa-Bush Heartland were virtual sitting ducks for the Manawatu Development XV.

Propping default in elite schools rugby

Feilding High School's first XV got another win without having to play on Saturday.

Feilding High School's first XV had the easiest win in their Central North Island rugby competition history.

Gibbins was itching to get back to Turbos

Manawatu captain Callum Gibbins in the pre-season rugby game against Tasman Makos.

Manawatu captain Callum Gibbins set to lead his team in first Premiership campaign.

Will Cruden return with Turbos?

All Blacks playmaker Aaron Cruden could make his return with Manawatu.

With the NPC two weeks away from kickoff we take a look at some intriguing talking points.

Sparkling win for Turbos

Wing Newton Tudreu rampant in the Manawatu Turbos' pre-season rugby game against Tasman Makos.

Manawatu's Turbos score seven tries to three in beating Tasman Makos.

Manawatu's Il Colosso to debut

New Turbos prop Michael Alaalatoa, left, at training at Arena Manawatu alongside wing Newton Tudreu, right.

Sydney prop Michael Alaalatoa might be the biggest man to play for Manawatu.

Plenty of new Turbos to ponder

Manawatu Turbos training in Palmerston North for the 2015 Season. Jason Emery is back from the Highlanders.

A wealth of talent means Turbos coach has a field of options to chose from.

Milner-Skudder desperate to make All Blacks debut

Nehe Milner-Skudder in his All Blacks portrait.

Milner-Skudder hopes to play the Rugby Championship decider in Sydney in two weeks time

Laumape an imposing specimen

Ngani Laumape of the Warriors at full pace during 40-metre sprint testing.

Laumape will bring another level of professionalism to Manawatu and the Hurricanes.

Laumape signs for Turbos

Ngani Laumape bursts through the Manly-defence for the Warriors.

Warrior Ngani Laumape crosses rugby codes to sign with the Manawatu Turbos.

Feilding High run rampant at home

Feilding High School  captain Tom Stewart  scores against Francis Douglas Memorial College on Saturday.

Feilding High blast Taranaki school en route to home semifinal.

Coaches can take a bow for winning try

Dane Coles  breaks away for his try against South Africa  in Johannesburg.

Steve Hansen and his coaches can take a bow for concocting the All Blacks' winning try.

Suspension ruse unravelling

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The Manawatu club rugby player suspended for an incident of referee abuse he never committed has been officially cleared of the misdemeanour. 

Back-up men must have Manawatu ambitions

Old Boys-Marist prop Isaac Gulliver on the charge.

Manawatu development XV is for players who have higher ambitions.

Rugby player wants name cleared

Jodi Ngarimu wants to be cleared.

Rugby player Jodi Ngarimu just wants his name cleared so he can return to the sport.

Clare turns up in BOP squad

Former Manawatu rugby player, Craig Clare, centre, playing for his Whakatane club Paroa.

Former Turbo Craig Clare resurfaces in Whakatane

Player suspended wasn't at match

A club rugby player handed a two and a half year suspension wasn't at the game in question.

College OB keep on keeping on

College Old Boys players celebrate retaining the Hankins Shield.

College Old Boys might on another winning run of Manawatu club titles.

Boys' High rolled over in last 20

Palmerston North Boys' High School wing James Stratton.

The Palmerston North Boys' High School first XV lost to King's College after leading 20-3.

Los Pumas were Lost Pumas against the All Blacks

The Argentina Pumas sing their national anthem during The Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Argentina at Christchurch.

The Pumas were suicidal running from deep against the All Blacks.

Stags nick Val Holland Trophy

Feilding Old Boys-Oroua centre Jamie Perigo.

Feilding Old Boys-Oroua Stags secure subsidiary trophy with last-minute try.

College had final won when up by 26 points

College Old Boys lock Charles MacDonald gets an offload away in Saturday's club final.

College Old Boys wrapped up their 28th Manawatu club rugby title.

Giant prop signed from Sydney

Michael Alaalatoa of the Eagles is tackled during an Australian National Rugby Championship match between the NSW Country Eagles and Greater Sydney Rams at Coogee Oval  in Sydney.

Sydney prop Michael Alaalatoa arrives next week to bolster Turbos' propping stocks.

FOB-Oroua Stags chasing their first trophy

Ethan Woodmass, left,  and Jordan Henare, right, will be key men for Te Kawau in the Val Holland Memorial Trophy final.

Te Kawau and Feilding Old Boys-Oroua to fight out the Val Holland Memorial Trophy.

Bryson chasing his fourth Hankins title

College Old Boys' halfback Karl Bryson mixing it with the Varsity forwards.

Karl Bryson a key man in College Old Boys' umpteenth title chase.

Jordan Bunce is Kias' long-range threat

Kia Toa player Jordan Bunce roars away for another long-range try.

When Kia Toa won the Hankins in 2008, half a dozen of the current team were playing.

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