The Turbos' squad for 2016 is missing 12 faces from last season.
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 players have been added to the Manawatu Turbos squad on short term deals to prepare with the side during preseason.
Varsity crowned champions of Manawatu club rugby after nail-biting Hankins Shiled final win over Kia Toa.
Te Kawau claim Val Holland Memorial Trophy in referee's time.
Club rugby player given life ban for punching a referee, knocking him to the ground.
The last time the third and fourth qualifiers both made it through to the Hankins Shield final was in 2003.
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.
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.
In 10 years worth of Manawatu club rugby, Varsity coach Koli Sewabu has never claimed a Hankins Shield as a key contributor.
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.
Turbos wing Nathan Tudreu is set for a stint on the sideline, but his knee injury is not as bad as first thought.
Bulls and Bunnythorpe will host representative rugby matches this year.
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.
Super Rugby's finals series has been confirmed - and last year's finalists are the winners in New Zealand conference
Nick Grogan left with a sore taste after his contract negotiations with Manawatu rugby.
The Manawatu Rugby Union 'in limbo' over player suspended for punching referee.
College Old Boys' Jared Goodson finishes the Manawatu club rugby season on top of the Best and Fairest standings.
After eighteen rounds of rugby, everything comes down to the next two weeks in Manawatu club rugby.
Towering teenager Pari Pari Parkinson is finding his feet in a new rugby environment.
Manawatu under 19 coaches Aaron Good and Reece Robinson have named a 27-man squad featuring a host of Manawatu senior one club players.
Manawatu Turbos stalwart Rob Foreman is leaning towards retirement from all rugby at the end of the season.
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.
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.
Rugby player kicked out of club after allegedly punching referee from behind, giving him a broken nose and possible concussion.
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.
Chris Eves should be getting more game time for the Hurricanes for the rest of the season.
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.
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.