Crusaders' job not for Philpott

Craig Philpott, pictured before Hawke's Bay's opening NPC game against Wellington on August 20, hails from Christchurch ...

After being overlooked for the Crusaders hotseat in favour of Scott Robertson, Craig Philpott is not interested in the assistant's role.

MacDonald walks into Crusaders gig

Former All Blacks and Crusaders fullback Leon MacDonald will work under new Crusaders coach Scott Robertson for the next ...

Leon MacDonald will continue to coach Tasman next year, despite being appointed as an assistant coach for the Crusaders.

Christie feeling right at home with Tasman

Halfback Finlay Christie launches himself across the line to score in Tasman's opening round NPC win over Waikato.

Just follow the shock of red hair.

Singer's Argentine test

Marlborough singer and Springlands School teacher Elin Tomos will sing the Argentinian national anthem when they play ...

First it was for Wales, now it's for Argentina. The All Blacks will be getting a complex.

Tough customer

Tasman Makos halfback Billy Guyton in action during a 2015 NPC game against Otago.

This week in our series profiling Tasman Makos players we chat to halfback Billy Guyton.

Canterbury dish out payback to Tasman

Canterbury midfielder Rob Thompson offloads in the tackle of Tasman halfback Finlay Christie in the build-up to Jordie ...

Jordie Barrett scores 24 points in big win for Canterbury over Tasman.

Makos can take positives from hefty defeat

Tasman's James Lowe struggles to break clear of a Canterbury tackler at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Sunday.

It is sometimes hard to find a lot of positives in a 31-point beating, but if the Tasman Makos look closely enough they will see a, slightly tarnished, silver lining.

Red Devils grab narrow win

Red Devils winger Ula Fotu on the charge against Southland B at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

The Tasman Red Devils have retained their unbeaten record this season - but by the skin of their teeth.

Devils face southerners

Corey Bovey carries the ball into contact for the Red Devils against Tasman under-19.

 The Tasman Red Devils will face an enigmatic Southland B combination as they endeavour to maintain their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday.

Makos are 'little brother' no longer

The return of Marty Banks, pictured in action at Makos training on Wednesday, has provided a boost for the Tasman Makos ...

 Canterbury may have won seven out of the past 10 national provincial championship rugby finals, but Tasman have nothing to fear from their southern rivals.

Ryan in line up for Crusaders scrum job

Canterbury assistant coach Jason Ryan is in contention to continue his association with Scott Robertson at Super Rugby ...

Canterbury assistant coach Jason Ryan is in contention to join the Crusaders as forwards coach.

Junior rugby titles handed out

Waitohi player Arlyn Bull tries to find a way through the Moutere defensive line during Saturday's under-13 final at ...

Harlequins, Waitohi and Moutere emerged victorious when the Marlborough junior club rugby season wound up at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Makos win, but must improve

Tasman Makos' halfback Finlay Christie, a strong contender for man of the match, makes a break.

Well ... it's a start.

Tasman under-19 fightback not enough

Tasman under-19 first five-eighth TC Campbell scoots away for a second half try against Canterbury.

The Canterbury under-19 rugby side survived a strong second half comeback to prevail 42-26 over their Tasman under-19 counterparts at Lansdowne Park on Sunday.

Last-gasp penalty clinches plate win

Marlborough Boys' College First XV prop Quinn Harrison-Jones runs over the top of Timaru Boys' High School defender ...

The Marlborough Boys' College First XV capped their University of Canterbury championship rugby season with a thrilling victory in the Plate final on Saturday.

Red Devils open with hefty win

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The Tasman Red Devils opened their 2016 South Island rugby championship campaign in fine style on Saturday, beating Otago Country 41-7 in Milton.

Fast and furious clash

Tasman Makos captain and flaker Shane Christie.

Makos keen for running rugby at Lansdowne Park.

Tasman Makos put faith in new faces for NPC opener

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Carco the Mako, the Tasman Makos' mascot, during their ITM Cup rugby ...

A new era of Tasman Makos rugby kicks off at Lansdowne Park on Sunday.

Rugby and hot chips

Tasman Makos rugby player Richard Kingi with his children, from left, Jyahti, Destyn and Kuedan Kingi. Children under ...

Young Tasman Makos fans will not only watch the game against Waikato for free on Sunday, but they can enjoy free hot chips and a drink too.

MBC First XV on road again

Marlborough Boys' College First XV flanker Taine Cragg-Love is tackled during his side's round robin match with Timaru ...

 The Marlborough Boys' College First XV are on the road again.

Red Devils head south to begin campaign

Red Devils flanker Jack Murray goes on the attack during a pre-season rugby game against Tasman under-19 in Blenheim.

The Tasman Red Devils begin their South Island Invitational Tournament campaign in the small South Otago town of Milton on Saturday.

O'Malley takes long road to Tasman team

Tim O'Malley sights a gap during the Tasman Makos' pre-season game against Manawatu.

A month can be a very long time in representative rugby circles.

Surprise leaves Makos hanging gallery

Quinten Strange from Wasa's Frank and Beans team abseils down the fifteen metre high tower at Whenua Iti Outdoors, part ...

Tasman Makos management had a surprise for players at their team bonding session.

Makos to kick off campaign in Marlborough

Tasman Makos coaches Leon MacDonald, left, and Mark Hammett will face the first test of their new campaign when their ...

Marlborough will host the Tasman Makos' first National Provincial Championship rugby match on Sunday, when Waikato come to town.

Red Devils down Buller XV

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The Tasman Red Devils warmed up for their forthcoming South Island Invitational Championship campaign with a 35-28 win over Buller in Murchison on Saturday.

MBC First XV splash way to final

Marlborough Boys' College midfielder Nigel Satherley slides across the line for his first try against Waimea Combined ...

A devastating 15-minute burst of scoring in the second half propelled the Marlborough Boys' College First XV into the final of the University of Canterbury championship Plate final on Saturday.

Makos end pre-season on a high

Tasman Makos lock Pari Pari Parkinson on the charge during Friday's pre-season rugby win over Manawatu.

The Tasman Makos have delivered a solid 24-14 pre-season win over a near full-strength Manawatu side.

Devils to meet Buller in Murchison

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 On Saturday, the Tasman Red Devils have a final chance to tune up their game before they begin their South Island Invitational rugby competition.

MBC First XV shift goalposts

Marlborough Boys' College First XV loose forward Taine Cragg-Love returns to action this weekend in his side's Plate ...

The Marlborough Boys' College First XV rugby side have shifted their focus.

New faces in, Guildford out for 2016 Makos

Shane Christie will lead the Tasman Makos again in 2016.

An influx of new players, and the absence of former All Black Zac Guildford, are the main talking points following the selection of the Tasman Makos squad for the 2016 national provincial championship.

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