Provincial

Stags halfback glad to be back

Southland halfback Liam Howley has made a return after a lengthy injury layoff.

"I was taught a big lesson and I'm going to come out the other side better for it.''

From financial survival to growth

Rugby Southland general manager Andrew Moreton.

Rugby Southland announces big 2016 financial surplus and finally has cash reserves in the bank.

Mexted: Provinces better for Lions

Former All Blacks No 8 Murray Mexted wants the Lions to play the provinces.

British and Irish Lions should be playing the provinces, not Super Rugby teams, ex-AB says.

Valley take down defending champions

Athletic Marist first-five Antini Brown kicks down field against Excelsior.

Valley stunned defending champions Maheno in round four of North Otago senior rugby's Citizens Shield on Saturday.

Southbridge crack century in Combined Country rugby

Southbridge hero Shannon Donald in action during his side's 114-0 win over Rolleston.

Southbridge run in 18 tries to beat Rolleston 114-0 in the Luisetti Seeds Combined Country Cup.

Black likely to leave Canes

Otere Black, in action for NZ Maori, could move from the Hurricanes to the Blues next year.

After three years at the Hurricanes, Otere Black could be headed to the Blues next season.

Waikato sad to lose Douglas

Whetu Douglas is leaving for Treviso after cracking Super Rugby with the Crusaders.

The Crusaders and Waikato did all they could but No 8 Douglas was committed to his Italian job.

Jacobson follows ABs footsteps

Luke Jacobson finishing his brilliant try for the Chiefs at the Brisbane Tens.

New Zealand U20's latest captain Luke Jacobson is carving a path taken by the likes of Ardie Savea.

Alainu'uese stays with Glasgow

Brian Alainu'uese tussles with Maro Itoje in a European Champions Cup match against Saracens.

Big Waikato lock will link up with departing Chiefs coach Dave Rennie next season after extending his Glasgow contract.

Magpies lose Lee to Japan

Hawke's Bay assistant coach Danny Lee couldn't resist the offer of a top job in Japan.

The Hawke's Bay Magpies are losing backs coach Danny Lee to the Japanese club scene.

Kenyan Lomu on Turbos' radar

Willy Ambaka, pictured here playing for Kenya at the Wellington Sevens, is hoping to be playing rugby for Manawatu this year.

Visa problem for sevens star nicknamed Kenyan Lomu may prevent him playing in NZ.

Top four taking shape after Easter round

Club rugby, Celtic v Hampstead.

 Darfield and Southbridge top their respective sections of the Luisetti Seeds Combined Country Cup.

Loose forward showdown looming

Southland flanker Tim Boys.

Southland looks healthy in the flanker stocks as 2017 Stags squad takes shape.

Macdonald: 'We will be better'

Stags coach Hoani Macdonald.

Southland Stags players and management countdown to 2017 provincial season.

Eade back with Stags

Marist first five-eighth Scott Eade kicking a conversion in Marist's 41-19 win over Star at Rugby Park in Invercargill ...

Scott Eade adds to Southland's healthy first five-eighth stocks for 2017 season.

Waikato No 10 heads to Japan

Jason Robertson heads to Japan after making his Waikato debut in 2016.

Jason Robertson signs for Japanese club that made his Kiwi predecessor a Super Rugby No 10 at the Sunwolves.

Ngaluafe's golden opportunity

Southland fullback Junior Ngaluafe has been selected in the Provincial Barbarians team to play the British and Irish ...

Southland fullback Junior Ngaluafe says Barbarians selection is golden chance to push for Super Rugby honours.

Stratton to captain NZ Uni

Jack Stratton will captain the New Zealand Universities team this year.

Canterbury halfback Jack Stratton has been named captain of the New Zealand Universities team for their two-match series later this month.

Lions opener a Gatland affair

Bryn Gatland, directing an attack for North Harbour, will get the chance to front against his father Warren's British ...

Bryn Gatland named in NZ Provincial Barbarians side to play his father's Lions in NZ tour opener.

Darfield and Southbridge take the lead

Southbridge's perfect start to the season continued with a 58-23 win over Kaiapoi.

Darfield and Southbridge have taken the lead in the Luisetti Seeds Combined Country Cup.

Old Boys sound early warning

Old Boys powered past defending champions Maheno.

Old Boys made a statement with a big win over defending champions Maheno.

Brothers Barrett come together

Scott Barrett, centre, has joined brothers Jordie and Beauden in signing with Taranaki.

"We're proud Taranaki people," trio says, as ABs rookie Scott Barrett follows his brothers home.

Blue cards for concussed players

Referee Kane McBride issues a blue card to New Brighton halfback and captain Reuben Spicer during the Canterbury metro ...

If you suffer a head knock in club rugby, an enforced break could be imminent.

Captain HBC to guide Turbos

Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, left, made his Crusaders debut against the Reds in March.

Heiden Bedwell-Curtis has been confirmed as the Manawatu Turbos' captain for 2017.

Tavuyara joins Bordeaux

Iliesa Ratuva Tavuyara touching down for one of his seven Mitre 10 Cup tries.

Waikato winger gets a taste of France after joining up with Top 14 club Bordeaux Bègles.

Maheno make winning start

Athletic Marist took on Old Boys in the opening round of North Otago club rugby

Defending champions Maheno started the North Otago club rugby season with an impressive 57-8 win over Kurow on Saturday.

Guildford loves 'the Tron'

Zac Guildford goes to ground on his Hamilton Old Boys debut against Melville.

Former All Black is ''back on track'' and feels at home in Hamilton as he debuts in win for Hamilton Old Boys.

Guildford's Waikato club start

Zac Guildford will play for Hamilton Old Boys in Waikato premier club rugby this year.

Next chapter of former All Blacks winger's revival begins in altered Waikato premier club rugby competition.

Lochore: Turn NPC amateur

Brian Lochore says turning provincial rugby amateur again would even the playing field.

Brian Lochore believes an amateur province of origin competition would be improvement from the current NPC.

Marshall returns to Manawatu

Lewis Marshall played 27 games for Manawatu before leaving for Hawke's Bay.

Lewis Marshall is back in the Manawatu and chasing a return to the Turbos.

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