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Turbos win but Lions get home semi

Manawatu players celebrate the win at the final whistle in Wellington.

Manawatu signed off from preniership rugby in style by beating Wellington 39-33.

Foreman keeping on for now

Manawatu centurion hooker  Rob Foreman will come off the bench against Wellington.

After Saturday at Wellington, only four players will have appeared in more Manawatu games than hooker Rob Foreman.

Manawatu confident of securing Hurricanes match

The Hurricanes could be making a repeat visit to Palmerston North.

If the sums add up, the Hurricanes will play a Super Rugby match in Palmerston North next year.

Same old refrain for beaten Turbos

Hika Elliot (Taranaki hooker) with ball on attack against Manawatu.

It was the same old story for the Manawatu coaches after drubbing from Taranaki.

Turbos must front up at Wellington

Manawatu wing  Nathan Tudreu on attack late in the game against Taranaki

Manawatu's thumping by Taranaki exposed too many of the Turbos' deficiencies, again.

Turbos no match for Taranaki

Latu Vaeno of Taranaki is tackled by James Oliver of Manawatu in Palmerston North.

Taranaki post five tries to one to hammer Manawatu 44-10 in one-sided NPC clash.

Bizarre kicking year for Black

Manawatu's Otere Black practising for the clash with Taranaki.

Manawatu's Otere Black plays his blazer game against Taranaki on Saturday.

Last home hurrah for O'Halloran

Otere Black and coach Jason O' Halloran at the Manawatu Turbos captain's run at Arena Manawatu.

Manawatu coach Jason O'Halloran guides his team for the last time at home.

Cyclones playing for pride

Manawatu Cyclones star midfielder Janna Vaughan will be one to watch in her side's final match of the season against Canterbury.

The Manawatu Cyclones will be playing for pride when they take on Canterbury in Christchurch on Saturday.

Currie eyes 61st season of rugby

Dave Currie, 65, first played rugby when he was 5.

Dave Currie, 65, plans to continue his 60-year rugby career - as long as his knees hold up.

Junior Turbos go down to North Harbour

Manawatu action from the Jock Hobbs Memorial under-19 tournament  in Taupo.

Life doesn't get an easier for the Junior Turbos at the Jock Hobbs Memorial national rugby tournament at Taupo.

Turbos prop off to Wales

Ma'afu Fia of Manawatu now sees his future in Wales.

After six seasons with Manawatu and four with the Highlanders, Manawatu prop Ma'afu Fia is off to Wales.

Manawatu Turbos roar home

A fired-up Manawatu Turbos gave themselves a Premiership lifeline by beating North Harbour 24-17.

Manawatu Turbos keep their season alive with bonus-point win in Palmerston North.

Waikato goliaths smash Junior Turbs

Action from the Jock Hobbs Memorial Tournament  in Taupo between the Manawatu and Waikato under-19 teams.

Giant Waikato under-19 rugby side too devastating for Manawatu at the national tournament at Taupo.

Development side claim scrappy win

Manawatu Development XV lock Liam Mitchell looks to offload the ball during his side's 29-22 win over the Wellington Samoans.

The Manawatu Development XV scrapped to an uninspiring 29-22 win over the Wellington Samoans in Palmerston North on Saturday.

Turbos ignite and snuff our Harbour

Manawatu Turbos fullback Ambrose Curtis on the rampage against North Harbour.

Manawatu Turbos fire up and sent North Harbour packing at Palmerston North

Cotter pleased with Turbos' new attitude

Manawatu skipper Callum Gibbins was rampant against North Harbour.

Manawatu Turbos coaches attribute their team's heartening win to a change in attitude.

Junior Turbos chase national honours

Te Kawau first-five Ethan Woodmass is one of the Manawatu under-19 team's co-captains.

Eight under-19 rugby players are back in the Manawatu team to play at the national tournament.

Henderson horns in at No 8 against Harbour

Manawatu No 8 Brice Henderson at the team's captain's run on Friday.

Manawatu face their must-win rugby encounter against North Harbour on Saturday

Dickins to emulate mother for Manawatu

Nicole Dickins will captain Manawatu against Hawke's Bay this weekend 35 years after her mother did the same in the first women's provincial match.

The Manawatu Cyclones' match against Hawke's Bay will have special significance for captain Nicole Dickins.

RWC whistle chance blown

The historic whistle used to start off each of the previous Rugby World Cup opening matches.

World Rugby snubs famous whistle from 1905 All Blacks match, traditionally used to open each World Cup.

Asi a giant prospect for Manawatu

Budding Manawatu academy prop Sione Asi in action for NZ Barbarians Schools against NZ Schools in Palmerston North on September 19.

NZ Barbarians schools prop Sione Asi is a big Manawatu Turbos prospect

Breakdown is where it is breaking down

Southland Stags player Elliot Dixon running into the Manawatu defenders.

The Manawatu Turbos are coming up short in defence and at the breakdown.

Masirewa's injury further heartbreak for Turbos

Southland's Lima Sopoaga on his way to scoring his try against Manawatu on Saturday.

The Manawatu Turbos capsize meekly again, this time to Southland Stags

Manawatu teams falter in hideous weather

Manawatu Development XV  loose forward Matt Gardner tackling.

Manawatu under-19 and Development XVs also had to fight a biting southerly at Porirua.

Southland thrash poor Turbos

Lima Sopoaga of the Stags tries to make some hard yards against the Turbos' defence.

Southland rack up six tries in 49-14 thrashing of Manawatu in Invercargill NPC clash.

Late try gets NZ schools team home

NZ secondary schools player Slade McDowall on the charge against the Barbarians.

NZ Schools narrowly win their first rugby clash with the NZ Barbarians Schools team in Palmerston North.

The hard stats against the ABs

Prozone head rugby statistic analyst Will Kane.

Slow the ruck ball, defend the counter attack, dominate territory - beat the All Blacks.

Development XV bounce back with convincing win

Manawatu Development XV wing Sani Ulu-kini scored one try and set up another in his side's 37-15 win over Hawke's Bay Saracens in Palmerston North on Saturday.

The Manawatu Development XV have put on a dominating display to beat Hawke's Bay Saracens 37-15 in Palmerston North on Saturday.

Slow-starting Under 19s cruise to big win

Lock Manaaki Selby-Rickit was one of the standout performers in the Manawatu Under 19s' 34-3 win over the Hurricanes Barbarians in Palmerston North on Saturday.

The Manawatu Under 19s have overcome a slow start to run away with a 34-3 win over the Hurricanes Barbarians in Palmerston North on Saturday.

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