Cresswell to try luck in Scotland

Jake Cresswell in action for Marlborough.

Red Devils’ centre Jake Cresswell’s rugby career headed in a whole new direction this week when he set out for Scotland.

Final play anguish for Tasman

Jesse Pitman was a standout for Tasman during the Southern regional sevens tournament in Timaru on Saturday.

Tasman lose Southern regional sevens final after conceding a try after the hooter.

Makos' stint highlight of coach Keane's career ... so far

Tasman head coach Kieran Keane joins up with the Chiefs after completing a successful seven years with the Makos.

Kieran Keane, the Tasman Makos' most successful coach, chats about his time in the top of the south.

Super Rugby return creates interest

Youthful Crusaders and Hurricanes fans enjoy pre-season action at Trafalgar Park in Nelson last year.

It has been a long time between drinks, but Marlborough rugby fans appear to be buying into the chance to catch some Super Rugby action early next year.

Loyalty pays rich dividend

Steve Hansen salutes the All Blacks supporters after the RWC final at Twickenham.

Steve Hansen has many admirable qualities. He's an astute coach, a clever planner, a fine motivator; on occasion lately, a stand-up comedian.

Makos' 2016 opponents revealed

Premiership side Tasman and North Harbour, from the championship division, will meet again in 2016.

The Tasman Makos’ opponents in the round robin section of next season’s national provincial rugby championship have been decided.

Wheeler rues semi final loss

Joe Wheeler has been a tower of strength in the Tasman Makos' lineout this season.

The Tasman Makos’ 44-24 loss to Auckland in Friday’s national provincial championship rugby semi final meant there was no icing on Joe Wheeler’s cake.

Jones: Season ends in defeat

The look on Makos' lock Alex Ainley's face sums up his side's disappointment after Friday's NPC semifinal defeat in Auckland.

OPINION: Well, at least there won’t be prolonged debate over this one.

Auckland too slick for Makos

Akira Ioane of Auckland celebrates after scoring a try at Eden Park.

Auckland have brought Tasman Makos' NPC rugby season to an end.

Heem to face former side

Auckland player Bryce Heem in action during their national provincial rugby game against Tasman at Lansdowne Park in Blenheim earlier this season.

Auckland flyer Bryce Heem will line up against his former team in Friday night's NPC rugby semifinal.

Tasman set to turn tables on big city rivals

The elusive Mitchell Scott has a big role to play for the Tasman Makos on Friday night.

Auckland effectively ambushed Tasman when the sides last met. On Friday night, with considerably higher stakes on the table, the Makos hope to do the same.

Back to rugby post-surgery

Vernon Fredericks, in blue headgear, is pictured during his return to action against Manawatu in August.

Tasman NPC player Vernon Fredericks returns to rugby just six months after having brain surgery.

No Blenheim semi for Makos

Auckland winger Bryce Heem tries to run around Makos' lock Alex Ainley at Lansdowne Park in September. The two sides will meet in Auckland on Friday to contest the NPC premiership semi final.

Tasman will travel to Auckland to play the home side in the first national provincial rugby championship semi final on Friday.

Keane awarded life membership of Tasman

Kieran Keane, now a life member.

It has been a pretty special couple of days for Tasman rugby coach Kieran Keane.

Win for Makos

Makos' halfback Jimmy Cowan gives Taranaki fullback Kurt Baker a reminder of who won the battle of Yarrow Stadium.

Tasman put themselves firmly back in the national provincial championship rugby race with a superb victory against Taranaki

Mount Taranaki to climb for Makos

Taranaki midfielder Charlie Ngatai charges away with the ball during last year's NPC final in New Plymouth. He will be a major player in Thursday's re-match with the Makos.

The Tasman Makos have a Taranaki mountain to climb on Thursday if they are to get their 2015 national provincial championship campaign back on track.

Makos understudies edged by Wellington opponents


In an up-tempo match played at Endeavour Park in Picton, Tasman Development were beaten 36-33 by Wellington Development on Sunday afternoon.

Back to drawing board for Tasman

Makos flanker Shane Christie charges at the Canterbury defence during their NPC match at Trafalgar Park in Nelson.

The Tasman Makos have lost their edge.

Crunch match looms in Nelson

Number eight Liam Squire, with the ball against Manawatu, returns to the Makos' starting line-up against Canterbury on Saturday.

 Saturday's battle of Trafalgar may well decide the destination of the 2015 national provincial rugby championship.

Makos must start making right calls

Makos' loosie Liam Squire reflects on a missed opportunity against Taranaki last season. Some costly calls in recent matches have put the Tasman side under pressure as the play-offs loom.

I’m getting a sense of déjà vu.

Junior rugby rep teams in action

Marlborough under-16 player Jordan Hika carries the ball into the Canterbury Country defence at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Marlborough’s age group rep rugby sides were unable to claim a win over their Canterbury Country opponents when three matches were played at Blenheim’s Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Defensive frailty costs Makos

Sikeli Nabou celebrates scoring for Counties Manukau at Pukekohe's ECOLight Stadium on Saturday.

Consecutive defeats have left the Tasman Makos in a precarious position as the national provincial championship play-offs approach.

Makos keen to regain lost ground

Prop Kane Hames, pictured in action for the Highlanders, will make his first appearance for Tasman on Saturday.

The Tasman Makos may have lost their grip on the top rung of the national provincial ladder for the first time this season, but they have a golden opportunity on Saturday to clamber back on top.

Rugby World Cup kicks off in dramatic fashion

The Japanese players celebrate their stunning RWC success over South Africa.

Not since dashing All Blacks winger John Kirwan made spaghetti of the Italian defence in 1987 has a Rugby World Cup tournament begun in such dramatic fashion.

Rugby reps in action far and wide

Marlborough under-48kg winger Gus Orr fends off his Canterbury Country opposite during their match at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

The Tasman under-18 side and the Marlborough under-13s provided the highlights of another busy weekend of representative rugby.

Crusaders snap up Samu

The Crusaders' new recruit, Tasman Makos flanker Pete Samu, bursts through the Bay of Plenty defence to score.

The Crusaders have signed the Tasman Makos' ball-running backrower Pete Samu for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Aucklanders bring Makos' run to an end

Tasman Makos reserve prop Ross Geldenhuys wrestles with the tenacious Auckland defence.

The Tasman Makos’ hopes of beating three big-city sides within the space of 10 days were dashed by a clinical, abrasive Auckland team at Lansdowne Park on Sunday afternoon.

Auckland too solid for Tasman video

Tasman Makos forward Joe Wheeler shows his delight in scoring against Auckland in an NPC rugby match on Sunday.

Auckland look strong, as Tasman Makos suffer their first NPC loss.

Tasman under-19s too strong for Southland

Tasman under-19 prop Isaac Salmon sets off on his spectacular try-scoring run during Saturday's win over Southland.

The Tasman under-19 rugby team will head to the Jock Hobbs Memorial national tournament next weekend with some semblance of form after burying Southland 64-19 in their final qualification match at Trafalgar Park on Saturday.

Makos team named, Malneek must wait

Tasman Makos fans watch on during their pre-season match against Otago.

The Tasman Makos will field a strong side for Sunday’s national provincial championship match with Auckland at Blenheim’s Lansdowne Park.

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