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The Turbos' missing 12

Rob Foreman retired from provincial rugby this year after 110 games for Manawatu.

The Turbos' squad for 2016 is missing 12 faces from last season.

The year of the Sky Blues

Varsity captain Doug Juszcyzk hoists the Hankins Shield after beating Kia Toa in the final on Saturday.

After Varsity wrapped up the Manawatu club rugby season by claiming the Hankins Shield on Saturday, rugby writer Shaun Eade reviews each club's performance in 2016.

Five added to Turbos for preseason

Freyberg midfielder Mapa Tuipulotu is one of five players who will join the Turbos squad for their preseason campaign.

Five players have been added to the Manawatu Turbos squad on short term deals to prepare with the side during preseason.

Boys' High beat Kings College

Michael Ioane was one of the standouts for Palmerston North Boys" High School in their win against Kings College.

 

Hankins Shield victory for Varsity

Varsity fullback Clayton Stewart searches for a way through the Kia Toa defence.

Varsity crowned champions of Manawatu club rugby after nail-biting Hankins Shiled final win over Kia Toa.

Te Kawau win Val Holland

Te Kawau celebrate after winning the Val Holland Memorial Trophy against Feilding.

Te Kawau claim Val Holland Memorial Trophy in referee's time.

Maximum ban for ref puncher

Manawatu club rugby player Pama Paisami has been banned from rugby for life after punching a referee.

Club rugby player given life ban for punching a referee, knocking him to the ground.

Unlikely duo meet in final

Newton Tudreu will be Kia Toa's key strike weapon on Saturday.

The last time the third and fourth qualifiers both made it through to the Hankins Shield final was in 2003.

Big battle looming for Val Holland

Te Kawau second five-eighth Te Atuarere Albert will need a big game oif his side is to beat Feilding.

Te Kawau have had the wood over Feilding all season, but that will mean nothing if they drop the Val Holland Memorial Trophy final on Saturday.

Kias boast experienced group

Moeaki Samita is one of four surviving players from Kia Toa's 2008 title winning side.

There is no lack of experience in the Kia Toa squad with four players still standing from the start of their impressive streak of semifinals appearances which dates back to 2008.

Sewabu eyes first Hankins

Varsity snatched their spot in the final with a last-minute penalty.

In 10 years worth of Manawatu club rugby, Varsity coach Koli Sewabu has never claimed a Hankins Shield as a key contributor.

Changing of guard for Turbos

Rob Foreman won't be playing for the Manawatu Turbos this year.

OPINION: When the Manawatu Turbos jog out for real for the first time this rugby season, the No 2 jersey will be on someone else's back.

Tudreu out four to six weeks

Nathan Tudreu, pictured here scoring a try for the Manawatu Evergreens in their win over the Hawke's Bay Saracens last ...

Turbos wing Nathan Tudreu is set for a stint on the sideline, but his knee injury is not as bad as first thought.

Rep matches announced

No 8 Kirk Tufuga is likely to feature for the Manawatu Development XV again this year.

Bulls and Bunnythorpe will host representative rugby matches this year.

Semifinal thrillers in club rugby

COB centre Curtis Reid is swamped by Kia Toa defenders.

It was a day for the underdogs as Varsity and Kia Toa both secured wins in the final seconds of their semifinals to secure the chance to play for the Hankins Shield.

Hurricanes, Highlanders the big winners

Beauden Barrett caps the Hurricanes' record 35-10 victory over the Crusaders with an intercept try in the dying stages ...

Super Rugby's finals series has been confirmed - and last year's finalists are the winners in New Zealand conference

Grogan labels Turbos 'unprofessional'

Nick Grogan is questioning his future in Manawatu after the way his contract negotiations were dealt with.

Nick Grogan left with a sore taste after his contract negotiations with Manawatu rugby.

Judicary on hold for ref puncher

​Pama Paisami plead guilty to assault on Tuesday.

The Manawatu Rugby Union 'in limbo' over player suspended for punching referee.

Consistancy key for Goodson

Jared Goodson dives for the tryline in one of his best games against Kia Toa earlier this year.

College Old Boys' Jared Goodson finishes the Manawatu club rugby season on top of the Best and Fairest standings.

Big four battle for the Hankins

James Durston is the top points scorer in Manawatu club rugby this year.

After eighteen rounds of rugby, everything comes down to the next two weeks in Manawatu club rugby.

High hopes for teen giant

Towering 2.04m-tall Pari Pari Parkinson is a new face on the Tasman rugby scene.

Towering teenager Pari Pari Parkinson is finding his feet in a new rugby environment.

Under 19s named

College Old Boys prop Gene Syminton's strong club season has been rewarded with a spot in the Manawatu Under 19s.

Manawatu under 19 coaches Aaron Good and Reece Robinson have named a 27-man squad featuring a host of Manawatu senior one club players.

Bye Bye Bobby

Rob Foreman runs out for his 100th game for Manawatu in the NPC Championship final against Hawke's Bay in 2014 with his ...

Manawatu Turbos stalwart Rob Foreman is leaning towards retirement from all rugby at the end of the season.

Gibbins becomes Turbos' senior

Callum Gibbins has played more games for Manawatu than any other player in the 2016 squad.

The Turbos have lost four of their five most experienced campaigners with Rob Foreman, Fraser Stone, Ma'afu Fia and James Oliver all missing from the side this year.

OBM on form ahead of semis

Old Boys-Marist second five-eighth Osea Rokubu cross for a try in his side's win over Varsity on Saturday.

The final week of Manawatu club rugby before the playoffs threw up its fair share of surprises as the order of the Hankins Shield and Val Holland Memorial Trophy semi finals were found.

Life ban after ref hospitalised

Rugby field.

Rugby player kicked out of club after allegedly punching referee from behind, giving him a broken nose and possible concussion.

Black should leap at Blues shift

Otere Black has played more games for College Old Boys in Manawatu club rugby this year than he has for the Hurricanes.

OPINION: Otere Black should be fighting for the chance to move to the Blues rather than spending another year on the fringes of the Hurricanes' squad.

Eves ready for bigger role

Chris Eves will start his third game of the season for the Hurricanes against the Waratahs on Saturday night.

Chris Eves should be getting more game time for the Hurricanes​ for the rest of the season.

Templeman boosts Kia Toa

Bryn Templeman scored a try in Kia Toa's loss to OBM on Saturday.

After living in a rugby-free town in Northern Australia, Bryn Templeman is happy to be back on the field for his old club Kia Toa.

Foreman's 100th to spur on Varsity

Rob Foreman will play his 100th game for Varsity against OBM this weekend.

Rob Foreman's 100th game for Varsity will give the Sky Blues an extra bit of motivation in their final Manawatu club rugby round robin match against Old Boys' Marist.

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