Cheeky Cantabs throw down gauntlet

This rather pointed billboard turned up outside Trafalgar Park overnight.

A rather mysterious billboard has suddenly appeared outside Nelson's Trafalgar Park.

Taranaki drown against Otago

Taranaki wing Latu Vaeno bursts through the Otago defence during Saturday's 34-27 loss at Yarrow Stadium.

Taranaki's NPC title defence appears to have drowned on a sodden Yarrow Stadium.

Fredericks relishes Makos comeback

Vernon Fredericks

Tasman Makos’ loose forward Vernon Fredericks provided the feel-good story of his side’s 41-21 win over Manawatu at Lansdowne Park in Blenheim on Thursday evening.

Makos aim to build on winning start

Mitchell Scott, seen here in pre-season mode against Otago, is back on the wing for Friday's clash with Bay of Plenty.

Winger Mitchell Scott is one of only three changes to the starting lineup for Friday's NPC clash with Bay of Plenty.

Sin bin for coaches?

The Tasman Rugby Union is considering introducing red cards for coaches.

Tasman Rugby Union mulls red cards for coaches as it looks to crack down on sideline abuse.

Drummond brims with confidence

Halfback Mitchell Drummond says his Crusaders experience has given him confidence for the NPC campaign.

Young Canterbury halfback bounding into his third NPC season with much more confidence than 12 months ago.

Life member honoured for services to rugby video

Terminal cancer sufferer Rhys Wells has been presented with a life membership to the Nelson Bays Rugby Sub-Union

A terminally ill rugby coach with almost 50 years of involvement in the game has been given a Nelson Bays life membership.

Fins up: Christie ready for action

Tasman Makos captain Shane Christie is looking forward to a tough NPC opener against Waikato.

Makos skipper determined to put frustration behind him as he prepares for tonight's opening match.

Sculpture a talisman for Makos

Nelson stonemason and sculptor Simon Starr is pictured with Tasman Makos  Robbie Malneek, David Havili and Alex Nankivell along with Simons rugby themed sculpture The First Try.

The Tasman Makos are hoping a stone scultpure might be a sign of good things to come as their bid for the ITM Cup looms. 

Boss predicts more success for Tasman

Tasman Rugby Union CEO Tony Lewis is hoping for even better times ahead.

Tasman Rugby Union chief Tony Lewis foresees a bright future for NZ's newest union.

Tasman U19 hooker on comeback trail

Tasman under-19 hooker Brendan Asomua-Goodman is on the comeback trail after a second shoulder reconstruction.

"Not again", Brendan Asomua-Goodman must have thought to himself, clutching his shoulder in agony.

Whiting gets a fresh start with Otago

Otago halfback Kaide Whiting flings a pass out of a ruck during their ITM Cup pre-season match against Tasman.

Due to their ongoing success, finding a spot in the Tasman Makos squad gets harder and harder each season, especially if you are a halfback.

Makos get wake-up call at Lansdowne

Tasman Makos No 8 Liam Squire makes one of several strong bursts during the early stages of his side’s match against Wellington in Blenheim on Thursday evening.

Often you learn more about yourself from a loss than you do from a victory. If that is the case, the Tasman Makos will be well-educated over the next seven days.

Lions roar loudest in pre-season hit out

Kieron Fonotia crosses for the Makos' second try on a tough night for the hosts at Lansdowne Park.

A five-try first half blitz propelled the Wellington Lions to a 31-17 win over the Tasman Makos in both teams’ final pre-season game at Lansdowne Park in Blenheim on Thursday evening.

Makos name strong side for clash with capital

David Havili, with ball, and Billy Guyton in action against the Wellington Lions last season. Both have been named in the starting line-up for Thursday's re-match at Lansdowne Park.

The Makos have reshuffled the deck for their final shake-down before the national provincial rugby championship begins in earnest next week.

Tasman Makos sign Trent Renata

Former Otago player Trent Renata has signed with the Tasman Makos.

The Tasman Makos' 2015 ITM Cup rugby squad now has another champion Highlander in its midst following the signing of fullback Trent Renata.

Makos mauled by Manawatu

Tasman's David Havili moves the ball in Wednesday's loss to Manawatu.

It's only preseason, but Wednesday's decisive 47-19 rugby loss to the Manawatu Turbos still stung.

Chance for potential Tasman Makos to show wares

Big English lock Will Carrick-Smith gets his chance to impress against Manawatu.

The payoff for compelling club form is about to be rewarded as the Tasman Makos rugby selectors cast their eye over the province's emerging talent.

Just rewards to resurgent country teams in rugby finals

Kahurangi centre Michael Wells is stopped by Wanderers hooker Dan McLachlan, left, and #10 Morne Van de Berg during Saturday's Car Company Nelson Bays division one final at Trafalgar Park.

It may have been cold, miserable and wet but that did not deter a good crowd from turning out to see the final of the Car Company Nelson Bays division one club rugby championship at Trafalgar Park on Saturday.

Wanderers claim club rugby title video

Wanderers lock Ben Douglas celebrates following his side's 21-12 victory over Kahurangi at Trafalgar Park on Saturday.

Wanderers rugby coach Johnny Bloxham has finally shaken King Kong off his back.

Will it be Wanderers or Kahurangi?

Kahurangi's Latu Siaki gets tackled during the Waimea Old Boys versus Kahurangi semi final club rugby game at Jubilee Park.

Whatever happens at Trafalgar Park on Saturday, Nelson Bays will be crowning a brand new Car Company division one club rugby champion.

Sutherland enjoys modern Makos

Ramon Sutherland, the most-capped Marlborough rugby player, was behind the Tasman concept from the beginning.

As the Tasman union moves into its tenth year of existence, Ramon Sutherland looks back at the previous decade with quiet satisfaction.

Northover signs with Stags

Marist prop Reuben Northover in action against Moutere at Trafalgar Park.

Prop Reuben Northover is looking to kickstart his career down in Invercargill after signing a season-long contract with the Southland Stags.

Emerging players squad creates more depth

Wanderers No 8 Tone Ng Shiu is dragged down by Marist defenders during the match at Trafalgar Park on Saturday.

Last week I named my Tasman Makos emerging players squad which will head to Manawatu for a pre-season match later this month.

Knights put to the sword in Blenheim

Crusaders Knights under-18 winger Tima Faingaanuku in action against Hurricanes under-18 at Lansdowne Park in Blenheim.

The Crusaders Knights stuck with their opponents for half their match in Blenheim on Monday, but the Hurricanes under-18s blew them off the field in the second spell to win 58-17.

Nelson Bays squad named

Waimea Old Boys fullback Iliesa Ravudra dives across to score a try against Central at Trafalgar Park.

The Nelson Bays training squad has been named ahead of next month's Seddon Shield match against Buller.

Kahurangi stun WOB to reach final

Kahurangi's Ben Sadrugu gets tackled during the Waimea Old Boys versus Kahurangi match at Jubilee Park.

A dramatic last-minute try in Saturday's semifinals catapaulted Kahurangi into next weekend's Car Company Nelson Bays division one club rugby final.

Hunt named in Auckland squad

Former Nelson College first XV captain Mitchell Hunt, 20, has been named in the Auckland ITM Cup squad.

Mitchell Hunt's year has gone from great to even greater.

Highlanders victory great for Tasman

Marty Banks makes a break during the Super Rugby Final between the Hurricanes and Highlanders.

The Highlanders are Super Rugby champions and so too are five of our Tasman Makos.

Ainley keen to extend winning run with Tasman

Alex Ainley of the Highlanders takes the ball in the lineout  during the Super Rugby Final match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders at Westpac Stadium.

Foundation player Alex Ainley sat back and watched as many of his Tasman Makos team-mates signed Super Rugby contracts.

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