Callum Gibbins, Chris Eves, Otere Black added to Turbos' starting XV for match against Southland.
Rock and seafood festival Snapafest adds shark to menu after hooking up with the Makos.
When the fulltime whistle blew to signify Manawatu's maiden Ranfurly Shield victory, coach Graham Hamer was so overcome by emotion that he physically could not get onto the field to celebrate with the team.
A shonky lineout made beating Northland a whole lot harder than it should have been for the Manawatu Turbos.
Manawatu secure a messy bonus point win over Northland.
Kane Thompson's experience has been a big gain for Manawatu this season.
Three players will make their starting debuts for the Manawatu Turbos when the side takes on Northland in Whangarei on Friday night, but none of the are strangers to first class rugby.
The Turbos kick off their 2016 campaign on Friday night against Northland in Whangarei with their eyes fixed on a return to the premiership division.
Travis Taylor wants to make the hooker's spot his own.
The Tasman Makos have delivered a solid 24-14 pre-season win over a near full-strength Manawatu side.
Massey University's Sport and Rugby Institute hopes to attract TV cameras with rugby championship.
Turbos midfielder Curtis Reid has been named to start on the wing for the side's final preseason match against Tasman in Nelson on Friday.
Manawatu have bolstered thier prop stocks by signing Canadian international Jake Ilnicki.
OPINION: Some good might come out of the Okoroire knees-up in rural Waikato.
The Manawatu Turbos will not have their Super Rugby champion Hurricanes players on deck until four days before their first game.
The Feilding High School 1st XV dealt Wesley College their first home loss in the CNI 14-7 in Pukekohe on Saturday.
A physical Wellington side dealt Manawatu their first loss in four preseason matches 33-26 in Feilding on Sunday.
The Manawatu under-19s lost their first preseason match of the year 19-10 to the Wanganui Development side 19-10 in Bulls on Saturday.
Mooloo men made to work hard before kicking on in the second half to retain the Ranfurly Shield.
OPINION: Much credit has to go to Hurricanes coaches Chris Boyd, John Plumtree and Jason Holland for the way they pulled the group together.
Waikato veteran can't wait to make his first start in 11 years in their third defence of the Ranfurly Shield in 2016.
Liam Giltrap has been named captain of the Manawatu under 19s for the side's first preseason match of the season against Wanganui B in Bulls on Saturday.
Manawatu Turbos coach Jeremy Cotter expects a huge impact on the province if the Hurricanes win the Super Rugby title, but it will not be in the form of a financial benefit.
The Hurricanes have two Manawatu players named on the bench for their Super Rugby final, but eight have contributed to the teams' impressive season.
Hooker Hunter Prescott will be looking for a big game against his former province after being named to start for Manawatu in their penultimate preseason match against Wellington in Feilding on Sunday.
Wanganui beat a Taranaki development XV ahead of facing Waikato in their 29th Ranfurly Shield challenge.
OPINION: There just cannot be 96 points separating the Manawatu and Hawke's Bay rugby teams.
One of the top schoolboy rugby players in the country Brayden Iose has opted to stick with Manawatu once he leaves school.
OPINION: The All Blacks squad was predictable, but just who Steve Hansen rolls out in his starting line-up for the first match of the Rugby Championship against Australia on August 20 will be anything but.
Doug Rollerson's wobbly dropped goal in 1976 helped start Manawatu's first and only Ranfury Shield reign.