Interviews for Stags assistants to start

Rugby Southland general manager Andrew Moreton.

Rugby Southland after a part-time and full-time assistant coach.

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.

Howley ready to learn

Southland halfback Liam Howley.

Nineteen-year-old halfback Liam Howley will travel to Dunedin on Wednesday ready to learn and eager to put his best foot forward.

Sanzar 'nervous' over Japan

New Zealand Rugby boss Steve Tew says there's still plenty of work for the new Japanese Super Rugby franchise to get through.

Southern rugby bosses fretting over the readiness of at least one new face in franchise competition.

Drummond chilling out back home

Mitchell Drummond was guest speaker at the Tasman secondary schools sports awards at Nelson's Theatre Royal on Sunday.

Mitchell Drummond has been in hot demand since returning home following Canterbury's successful national provincial championship rugby season.

SC props named to start

South Canterbury rugby player Matt Fetu.

South Canterbury will have a strong presence in the New Zealand Heartland-New Zealand Marist rugby match at Memorial Park in Masterton on Saturday.

Woman on South Canterbury board

Michelle Martin is the first woman appointed to the board of the South Canterbury Rugby Union.

 A sense of community has seen Michelle Martin appointed as the first woman on the South Canterbury Rugby Union board.

Va'a likely to retain Lions job

Earl Va'a led Wellington to the NPC championship final this year.

If it were only up to Steve Rogers, Earl Va'a would retain his job as Wellington Lions coach.

Rowe escaped red card in Meads Cup final

Wanganui captain Peter Rowe received  a one match suspension after a dangerous tackle in the Meads Cup final after match-day officials got wrong,

Wanganui were lucky not to be down to 14 men in Meads Cup victory.

Bulk of Makos squad back for next season

Mitchell Hunt, pictured here playing for New Zealand in this year's World Rugby U20 Championship final, is among the 16 players already signed for Tasman.

The Tasman Rugby Union is already off to a positive start with next season's player recruitment planning after re-signing all 16 of its Super Rugby players.

O'Halloran, Va'a cop fines

Manawatu coach Jason O'Halloran has been fined for his criticism of assistant referees and TMOs in the national provincial competition.

Two provincial rugby coaches have copped fines for criticising match officials during the last season.

Vea scoops SCRU awards


Blindside flanker Sam Vea scooped all the major silverware at the South Canterbury Rugby Awards.

Cocker takes up deal with Rebels but will return for NPC

Ryan Cocker, centre, packs down for Taranaki during a team training in New Plymouth.

Promising Taranaki tighthead prop Ryan Cocker is heading across the Tasman after he signed a one-year deal with the Melbourne Rebels for the upcoming Super Rugby season.

East Coast lose their Heartland points

East Coast perform a haka before their game against King Country where they fielded too many loan players in their team.

East Coast's disastrous Heartland Championships season has got worse after admitting fielding an ineligible player.

Va'a fights to retain Lions job

Wellington's failure to win promotion to provincial rugby's top tier could hurt coach Earl Va'a.

Earl Va'a will have to place his faith in the Wellington Rugby Football Union board.

Piutau not disheartened by final loss

Auckland's Charles Piutau looks to make his way around Canterbury's Ryan Crotty in the NPC final in Christchurch.

As departing Charles Piutau embarks on a new chapter overseas, he said he is proud of the way his team pushed Canterbury to their limits in the NPC final.

Osborne's perfect timing

Patrick Osborne's try inside two minutes of Canterbury's tense 25-23 victory over arch rivals Auckland had been a long time coming.

Canterbury wing Patrick Osborne returned from injury to produce a solid all-round performance against Auckland as Canterbury win NPC.

Canterbury use Chicago Bulls as motivation

A basketball hoop was positioned under a set of goalposts for use when the team privately celebrated winning their seventh title in eight years.

Canterbury bounce back to atone for end of NPC title winning streak last year.

Errors cost SC in final

South Canterbury's Tui Tauelangi contests the ball against Wanganui's Sam Madams in the Heartland Championship final..

Big moments win big games and Wanganui's superb length of the field try set up their fifth Mead Cup victory.

Philpott: Provincial format wrong

Hawke's Bay coach Craig Philpott and Tom Stanley celebrate after the final.

The Hawke's Bay coach would like to have all the teams playing in one division for one trophy.

Canterbury win NPC title video

Dominic Bird of Canterbury is tackled by Akira Ioane of Auckland during the NPC premiership final in Christchurch.

Canterbury close out cliffhanger against Auckland to win NPC premiership final

Whitelock talks of 'huge' final act

Canterbury captain Luke Whitelock is tackled by Auckland's Scott Scrafton.

Canterbury captain hails team's defensive strength against Auckland in ITM Cup win.

Canterbury's clinical crown slips

Mitchell Dunshea of Canterbury charges forward against the Aucklanders.

Canterbury have spent this whole campaign being clinical, but that crown slipped on final night.

King Country capture Lochore Cup

James Hemara scores one of his two tries in King Country's 47-34 Lochore Cup final victory over North Otago at Te Kuiti.

A brace of tries from Rob Sherson, James Hemara and Iliesa Tavuyara gave King Country the Lochore Cup over North Otago.

SC slight favourites in Meads Cup


South Canterbury have a shot at history as they host the Meads Cup final.

Magpies win NPC final thriller video

Hawkes Bay players celebrate after winning the NPC championship final against Wellington at McLean Park,

Last-gasp try and conversion seal NPC championship win for Hawke's Bay over Wellington.

Taylors bring up ton against Auckland

Tom Taylor and father Warwick, share the distinction of playing their 100th games for their province against Auckland. Both men have the same birthday and both represented the All Blacks.

An uncanny sporting symmetry will be achieved when Tom Taylor trots out onto AMI Stadium in the NPC rugby final against Auckland.

Tom Taylor Q&A

Tom Taylor of the Crusaders kicks a penalty on his Super rugby debut in the first game at Addington's AMI Stadium.

Tom Taylor will make his 100th and last appearance in a red and black jersey in Saturday night's NPC final against Auckland in Christchurch.

Fullback Masirewa off to Western Force

Manawatu fullback Semisi Masirewa is headed to the Western Force.

Manawatu fullback Semisi Masirewa has scored a Super Rugby contract with the Western Force.

Old rivalries take centre stage

Dominic Bird, left, and current captain Luke Whitelock do a lap of honour of AMI Stadium in Christchurch after the last time Canterbury beat Auckland in the NPC final in 2012

NPC premiership final a mouth-watering appetiser for the main course at the Rugby World Cup

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