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.

Makos hopefuls get a chance to impress

Andrew Goodman gets tackled by Liam Boshoff during the Nelson versus Marist rugby game at Tahunanui playing fields.

As expected Kieran Keane has called upon players from the Nelson Bays and Marlborough club ranks in his Makos Emerging Players training squad.

Tasman's Highlanders deliver in final

Shane Christie, left, Joe Wheeler, Alex Ainley and Marty Banks at Highlanders training at Logan Park in Dunedin.

Five Tasman Makos players helped the Highlanders to a historic Super Rugby title on Saturday.

Geldenhuys says final win 'unreal'

Ross Geldenhuys mingles with the Highlanders' fans after Saturday's thrilling Super Rugby final at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

Marlborough's Makos star reflects on incredible year that culminated in thrilling victory in Super Rugby final.

Motueka girls claim tens crown

Motueka's Faiga Siaki carries to ball into the Marist defence, supported by  Emily Kelly, left, and Rheanna Wood, during the final of Tasman Rugby Union's women's tens competition.

 Anyone who doubts the commitment of women rugby players had only to look at Emily Kelly's bleeding face during the final of the Car Company Senior Women's Tens on Saturday.

Makos squad takes shape

Makos' skipper Shane Christie has made a timely return to top-level rugby and is expected to lead the team in 2015.

The 2015 edition of the Tasman Makos, the nation’s most talked about provincial rugby side, is taking shape.

Makos lose exciting winger for season

James Lowe in try-scoring action for the Makos.

The Tasman Makos have been struck a Lowe blow leading into their 2015 national provincial championship campaign with a key backline player ruled out for the season.

'Wheels' gets his timing just right

Joe Wheeler, right, congratulates fellow Highlanders' lock Mark Reddish after their semifinal win over the Waratahs in Sydney last weekend.

Top level sport doesn’t offer up too many second chances, especially where injuries are concerned.

Foundation player Malneek is a true Mako man

Tasman Makos fullback Robbie Malneek has signed on for his 10th season with the province.

Robbie Malneek probably bleeds shark blood. He is Mako through-and-through.

MacDonald in Maori ABs

Quentin MacDonald: was announced on Tuesday as one of two Tasman Makos in the New Zealand Maori rugby team to play Fiji and the New Zealand Barbarians in July.

Renwick hooker Quentin MacDonald was shocked when he found out through a friend on social media that he was back in New Zealand Maori team.

It's official: I'm heading to the Chiefs

Kim Bateman gets tackled by Latham Jones and Liam Boshoff during the Nelson vs Marist rugby game at Tahunanui.

It's official. I'm joining the Chiefs as an assistant coach next season, meaning this year is my last as head coach of the Tasman Makos.

Waimea College suffer last-gasp defeat

Waimea College First XV wing Sam Pestell in action against Ashburton College First XV at Waimea College

Waimea College might have been celebrating just their second win of this year's UC Championship secondary schools rugby competition on Saturday.

Dagg gets weekend off, Piutau to club rugby video

Israel Dagg's sixth game of rugby this year could be in the All Blacks' historic test against Samoa in Apia.

Assistant All Blacks coach Ian Foster says Crusaders fullback came through camp this week with flying colours.

Moran recalls historic first match

Tasman and Marlborough team mates Mark Stewart and Cory Holdaway congratulate Tristan Moran after his last-minute try in the province's inaugural match against North Harbour in 2006.

Sunday, July 30, 2006 is a day Tristan Moran will never forget.

Nelson College back on track

Leicester Faingaanuku scores in the last minute to win the game for Nelson College First XV.

A last gasp Leicester Faingaanuku try sealed a remarkable 21-19 for Nelson College in their UC Championship secondary schools rugby match against Shirley Boys' High School.

Keep that whistle in your pocket ref

Marist fullback Jackson Harvey tackled by Stoke defenders during a first division club rugby game at Greenmeadows.

What a big weekend of rugby with club games, Super Rugby playoffs, the Baby Blacks winning the World Cup and the naming of the All Blacks squad.

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