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.

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.

Auckland topple Tasman in semi video

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

Auckland rugby team positively oozing talent and promise in semifinal win over the Makos.

Jack backs All Blacks

Chris Jack of New Zealand looks to the sky as the final whistle is blown during the 2007 Rugby World Cup quarterfinal loss to France.

Nelson builder Chris Jack played in the ill-fated 2007 RWC quarterfinal but will watch from the couch on Sunday.

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.

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.

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.

Kiwi boy gets World Cup call up

Jacob Harris, 13, will deliver the match ball at the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup quarterfinal.

Thirteen-year-old Jacob Harris is set to take the field for the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup quarterfinal.

Canterbury too good for Tasman

Tasman Makos second-five David Havili tries to make a break against Canterbury at Trafalgar Park in Nelson.

Canterbury secure home semifinal after 41-25 NPC win over Tasman at Trafalgar Park.

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.

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.

Good value at the Makos video

Tasman Makos fans watch on during the ITM Cup pre-season rugby match.

Tasman Makos fans pay the least for a ticket, fries and beer out of any national provincial championship centre.

Tasman beat North Harbour

Marty Banks was in good form for Tasman in their win against North Harbour on Wednesday.

Tasman Makos continue unbeaten run.

Billboard battle ramps up rivalry

The Tasman Makos billboard on Gladstone Road in Richmond offered a stinging response to Canterbury's cheeky challenge.

Tasman Makos fans have come up with a response to a cheeky billboard set up outside Trafalgar Park last week.

Makos out to avoid capital punishment

Makos flanker Peter Samu will be looking to add to his scoring tally for the season against Wellington in the capital on Friday.

The Tasman Makos will face the biggest test of their NPC rugby season in Wellington on Friday.

Three changes to Makos for capital clash

Veteran lock Alex Ainley returns to the Tasman Makos starting XV for their match with Wellington on Friday.

Tasman Makos coaches Kieran Keane and Leon MacDonald have made three changes to their starting XV and reshuffled their bench for Friday's match-up with Wellington at Westpac Stadium in the capital.

Lions embracing Makos test

Wellington's defence led by Jeremy Thrush, left, was at its stingy best in Saturday's 53-3 win over Southland.

Friday ought to be pretty revealing about where Wellington are at this NPC season.

Red Devils go west with silverware on their minds

The mercurial Johnny Ika slots into the first five-eighth's role for the Red Devils on Saturday.

They may both be officially labelled "Tasman" but, make no mistake, when the Red Devils and Griffins do battle on Saturday, it will be all about Marlborough versus Nelson Bays.

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. 

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