Provincial

Whitelock's his own man

Luke Whitelock on the charge for Canterbury against Northland. He will captain the side in the 2015 season.

Canterbury coach Scott Robertson reckons new skipper Luke Whitelock has one major difference to brother George.

Tupou to captain Steelers

Counties Manukau captain Jimmy Tupou wants to spend more time at blindside flanker this season.

Jimmy Tupou hopes to lead with his actions in his first year as captain of Counties Manukau.

McIntyre back for red and blacks nine years later

Cameron McIntyre will play for Canterbury in 2015.

It never registered with Cameron McIntyre that 15 years had elapsed since his Canterbury debut.

Tasman's best recognised in team of the decade

Kahn Fotuali'i wears the No 9 jersey in the Tasman Makos Team of the Decade.

In considering the Tasman Makos' best players from the past decade, it would be tempting perhaps to simply list the 2014 team as the standard-bearer. That's it - done deal.

Whitelock follows family tradition

Luke Whitelock will captain Canterbury in 2015, after brother George held the role from 2009 to 2013.

One-cap All Black will follow in older brother George's footsteps as captain of Canterbury's provincial rugby team.

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.

Laumape signs for Turbos

Ngani Laumape bursts through the Manly-defence for the Warriors.

Warrior Ngani Laumape crosses rugby codes to sign with the Manawatu Turbos.

Mayhew relishing Waikao challenge

New Waikato recruit Mike Mayhew is bringing some valuable experience into the Mooloos side.

Hooker's move back to New Zealand from England is about trying to crack Super Rugby.

Hickey happy to balance demands

Jono Hickey makes a break as halfback for his Grammar TEC side.

Knights middle-order batsman balancing sporting careers at top level in NZ after naming in Auckland rugby squad.

Hawke's Bay deny Mid Canterbury, retain Shield

Hawkes Bay's Billy Ropiha looks for a way past Mid Canterbury's Fa'aitu Tuamoheloa .

Mid Canterbury briefly sniffed a Ranfurly Shield boilover but Hawke's Bay ripped it away.

Guildford enjoys the quiet life

Zac Guildford in action during his first game for Hawke's Bay this year, their first successful Ranfurly Shield defence against Wairarapa-Bush on July 9.

Back from France and he couldn't be happier, playing Ranfurly Shield rugby for the Bay.

Tito takes on bigger role with Taranaki

Former captain Paul Tito has been named as assistant forwards coach for Taranaki.

The departure of Taranaki assistant rugby coach Leo Crowley to Canada has opened the door for former captain Paul Tito to step into a more senior coaching role with the national provincial champions.

Rugby player wants name cleared

Jodi Ngarimu wants to be cleared.

Rugby player Jodi Ngarimu just wants his name cleared so he can return to the sport.

Player suspended wasn't at match

A club rugby player handed a two and a half year suspension wasn't at the game in question.

Hawke's Bay down plucky Horowhenua-Kapiti

Hawke's Bay No 8 Joseph Penitito was impressive during his side's Ranfurly Shield defence against Horowhenua-Kapiti.

Horowhenua-Kapiti push Hawke's Bay all the way in Ranfurly Shield challenge.

Mooloos squad named

New Waikato coach Sean Botherway has named his squad for the ITM Cup.

Blend of experience and excitement for Mooloo men as preparations get underway for provincial competition.

Cowan's cameo questioned

Jimmy Cowan

Club rugby deemed success but work to be done on eligibility rules.

Looking to avoid Ranfurly robbing

Jared Tanira is hoping his Horowhenua-Kapiti team aren't robbed during their Ranfurly Shield challenge in Napier on Thursday night.

Horowhenua-Kapiti were robbed during their last Ranfurly Shield challenge. It's a fact sitting in a police file.

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.

Brawl hearing outcome unknown

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05: Nick Cummins of the Force and Jessie Mogg of the Brumbies compete for the ball from a kick during the round 17 Super Rugby match between the Western Force and the Brumbies at nib Stadium on June 5, 2015 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Auckland Rugby reaches outcome over 40-person brawl at schoolboy match.

Rogers ready for Welly challenge

Wellington Rugby's new chief exeutive, Steve Rogers, settles into his new office.

New Wellington Rugby boss will look to address Sevens with New Zealand Rugby next week.

New faces in Steelers squad

Former Junior Warrior Ngataua Hukatai will be an imposing figure on the wing for Counties Manukau.

Counties Manukau coach Tana Umaga names 10 new caps in his squad for the 2015 NPC.

Auckland name rugby squad for NPC season

Chief Bryce Heem will play for Auckland in this season's NPC.

Auckland head coach Paul Feeney has named a 31-man squad for the upcoming NPC campaign.

Magpies retain Ranfurly Shield video

Former All Black Zac Guildford was in action for Hawke's Bay in Napier.

Forty-one unanswered second-half points saw Hawke's Bay safely retain the Ranfurly Shield on Thursday.

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.

New challenge for world champs

New Zealand Under-20 players Atu Moli, Steven Misa, Tau Koloamatangi, Harrison Levien and Mitch Jacobson get together at Waikato Stadium where they hope to be turning out for Waikato this year in the ITM Cup.

With a world title in the bag, there's a new challenge on the horizon.

Foote thrives in Mooloo mould

New Waikato Rugby Union general manager Blair Foote is getting to grips with his new role.

New Waikato Rugby Union general manager embracing the challenges of a role in the sport he loves.

Ranfurly Shield clash in Napier

Horowhenua-Kapiti rugby union chief executive Corey Kennett, left, and rugby development officer Ryan Shelford are hoping the union's top side can win the Ranfurly Shield off Hawke's Bay later this month.

Horowhenua-Kapiti rugby players are hoping to win the shield off Hawke's Bay this month.

Jack Goodhue focused on ITM Cup for Cantabs

Jack Goodhue has had a busy year, winning the Under 20 World Cup, playing for the All Black sevens and representing Canterbury in the ITM cup

Fresh from lifting the Under-20 Rugby World Cup trophy in Italy, Jack Goodhue is now fully focused on becoming a regular feature in Canterbury's ITM cup starting line up.

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.

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