Rugby

Front runners remain unbeaten

19042015 Sport Photo: Patrick Hamilton/Fairfax NZ.

Waimea Old Boys #6 Jeff Lepa and #13 Luca Roden combine to stop Nelson lock Dan Climo during their match at Jubilee Park on Saturday.

Waimea Old Boys were asked some tough questions at Jubilee Park on Saturday.

College rugby teams suffer losses

Well, it's one way of making headway. Nelson's Chris Kerslake takes the direct route in Saturday's final against Nelson College.

Nelson College and Waimea College slumped to second round losses in the UC Championship rugby competition.

Marshall to turn back on Gloucester for All Blacks - Makos

Tom Marshall of the Chiefs breaks the line against the Blues at Waikato Stadium.

Chiefs fullback turns down Europe move after "All Blacks" and "RWC" mentioned in NZ Rugby phone call.

Injury ends Wheeler's season

Highlanders and Tasman lock Joe Wheeler's Super Rugby season has been curtailed after a knee injury suffered against the Brumbies.

Tasman Makos and Highlanders lock Joe Wheeler's Super Rugby season is over.

Tasman Trophy cross-overs

Waimea Old Boys' Sam Winsloe and Nelson first five Robbie Malneek will be hoping for victory against their rivals from over the Whangamoas on Saturday.

The Nelson Bays and Marlborough club rugby teams lock horns on Saturday in the opening round of Tasman Trophy crossover matches.

Crusaders launch academy in Nelson

Crusaders Academy coordinator Chris Goodman, centre, with players Curtis Pedersen-Line, left and Fletcher Matthews at Trafalgar Park.

The Crusaders have launched the country's first Super Rugby aligned academy in Nelson.

Nelson teams will be a challenge

Former Marlborough Boys' College star first XV player TC Campbell will be one to watch when he takes to the field for Nelson Club in the Tasman Trophy competition.

It’s business time in the Tasman Trophy this weekend when Marlborough teams lock horns with their mates from over the Whangamoas.

The art of deciding under pressure

Decision time follows for Marist as halfback Shaun Begg tackles Nelson #3 Inoke Latu during Saturday's match at Trafalgar Park.

OPINION: Decision making is one of those terms that coaches and commentators like to throw around so I thought it would be worthwhile to focus on what it actually means.

New season dawns for Nelson, Waimea

Fullback Tima Faingaanuku will captain the Nelson College first XV in this season's UC Championship.

The Press Cup has been rebranded to the UC Championship. Phillip Rollo previews Nelson and Waimea Colleges ahead of the 2015 season.

Nelson denied at the death

Waimea Old BoysLuca Roden, left, and first five Rohan Saifaloi tackle Nelson's Chris Kerslake during their match at Jubilee Park on Saturday.

Galbraith Group Nelson came within a late try of ending Star and Garter Waimea Old Boys' unbeaten run at Jubilee Park.

WOB look to maintain unbeaten run

Robbie Malneek will vital experience to Nelson's backline.

Waimea Old Boys could complete an unbeaten opening phase of club rugby when they host Nelson at Jubilee Park.

Nelson trio have much to prove

Mitchell Hunt adds utility value to the NZ under-20 squad.

Three Former Nelson College First XV players have been named in the initial 31-player squad for the New Zealand Under-20 team.

Nelson College first XV tested in preseason

Nelson College first XV wing Culainn Stringer in action during a pre-season match against Scots College on the Nelson College front field.

Nelson College were beaten 25-17 by Napier Boys High School on Monday, the third straight defeat of their preseason campaign. They will host Australian school St Edmund's College on Thursday.

Mini Makos camp a hit with kids

Moutere player Finn Neal, left, and Lewis Renner from Harlequins, enjoy themselves at the Mini Makos rugby camp at Lansdowne Park on Monday.

Over 50 primary school-aged youngsters were put through their paces at the Farmlands Mini Makos rugby camp.

TRU back in black

Makos and Chiefs back Tom Marhsall.

The Tasman Rugby Union announced a surplus of almost half a million dollars at their AGM on Monday.

Joass treble buries Kahurangi

Marist halfback Shaun Begg lines up Nelson prop Inoke Latu during Saturday’s Trafalgar Park clash.

Trael Joass is commanding a significant on-field presence this season.

Bryce Heem quits Super Rugby

Chiefs wing Bryce Heem is set to take up a contract with English club Worcester after after just one season in Super Rugby.

Tasman Makos and Chiefs wing Bryce Heem is leaving New Zealand to chase his future overseas.

Nelson need to fix defence

Trael Joass has been an attacking threat for
Wanderers.

Nelson are determined to get back on the pace as the only remaining Nelson-based club rugby team without a win.

Heavyweights to meet in Riwaka

Nelson Bays' two leading club sides square off on Thursday night in round three of the Tasman Trophy and division one rugby competition.

Kerr snatches draw for Wanderers

Nelson Suburbs midfielder Atkin Kaua is brought down by an opposition Coastal Spirit player during their 2-2 draw at Saxton Field on Saturday.

Taylors Contracting Wanderers snatched a dramatic 27-27 overtime draw with Freeman Roofing Stoke in their second round Tasman Trophy club rugby match.

Stoke put trophy rivals on notice

Waimea Old Boys first five Rohan Saifoloi gets monstered by Wanderers No 8 Jordan Harvey at Trafalgar Park on Saturday during the first day of
Nelson senior club rugby for the new season.

Stoke's dream start produced a horror introduction to the new division one club rugby season for Nelson on Saturday.

Trophy final on clubs' radar

Powerful Christchurch No 8 Brad Hemopo has joined defending champions Waimea Old Boys for the new Tasman club rugby season.

A Tasman Trophy final is the bright new light in this season's Tasman club rugby season, which begins on Saturday.

Harris sets sights on target areas

Rich Harris is the Tasman Rugby Union’s development officer on this side of the hill.

Rich Harris may be the new face at Tasman rugby headquarters, but he's a familiar face on the sporting scene.

Assistant in line if KK gets Blues

Former All Black Leon MacDonald, left,
will take over the role as Tasman Makos
head coach if Kieran Keane is offered a
Super Rugby coaching position before
next season.

Tasman Rugby Union will not stand in the way of Makos coach Kieran Keane if he is offered a Super Rugby coaching role.

Keane denies Blues approach

AMBITIOUS: Tasman coach Kieran Keane would jump at the chance to manage a Super Rugby franchise.

Tasman coach Kieran Keane has quashed reports he has been approached to replace Sir John Kirwan at the Blues.

Super franchises snap up Tasman Makos talent

Chiefs’ recruit
Quentin
MacDonald is one
of many Tasman
Makos players
involved in Super
Rugby this season

Tasman players will have a greater presence than ever when the 20th edition of Super Rugby kicks off on Friday.

Samu key to Tasman making inroads

Tasman sevens coach Gary Stevens takes the forwards through some scrum practice during training on Tuesday night.

Powerhouse loose forward has significantly bolstered Tasman sevens squad ahead of weekend's tournament in Rotorua.

Untimely injury threatens NZ debut

Ben Anderson, 16, could miss next month’s New Zealand under-21 series against Australia after breaking his jaw during a rep touch game on the weekend.

A broken jaw after a boot to the face may have ruined Nelson teen's dream of playing for New Zealand next month.

Makos' rivals running scared

Hawke’s Bay have shied away from a match against ITM Cup premiership finalists, the Tasman Makos.

All of the Tasman Makos' second tier championship opponents have conspicuously tried to avoid playing them in next year's ITM Cup.

Bulls up in poll as Taranaki mull name change

A LOAD OF BULLS: James Marshall could be captaining the Taranaki Bulls next season.

Tradition appears to be winning over change when it comes to a new name for Taranaki's NPC side.

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