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Picking a world cup squad always a mystery

Winger Waisake Naholo at an All Blacks training session in Wellington earlier this week.

OPINION: So much for knowing anything about selection of a World Cup squad. 

All Blacks hooker needed somewhere to play

Hika Ellitot trained with his new Taranaki team-mates at Yarrow Stadium on Tuesday.

All Blacks hooker Hika Elliot needed a place to call home.

Taranaki in desperate need of first win

Kurt Baker will play his 50th match for Taranaki while Marty McKenzie remains on the injured list to face Counties Manukau.

Kurt Baker does not know where the time has gone.

Moturoa and Hawera to face off in Rosebowl final

New Plymouth Rangers Reserves footballer  Adam Stuart (blue) blocks a pass from Moturoa's Zayed Rabbenery in a Duff Rosebowl semifinal at Merrilands Domain in New Plymouth on Saturday.

Hawera meet Moturoa in Taranaki football's Duff Rosebowl knockout competition final at Hawera's Turuturu Park on Saturday.

Four-wheel action for Taranaki

16112013 SPORTS ANDY McGECHAN/BikortNZ.com. CAPTION: Stratford's Scott Keegan (Honda), certain to be among the leading contenders for a national ATV title in November. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

The fast and the furious best of New Zealand's off-road racing community will arrive in Taranaki in November for the 2015 New Zealand ATV (all terrain vehicle) Championships.

Zittersteijn stars at nationals

Aidan Zittersteijn.

North Taranaki's Aidan Zittersteijn won the New Zealand Junior (under18) singles Indoor Bowls championships played at Titahi Bay on Saturday.

Sharrock has good day at the office

Allan Sharrock

Bookmakers slash odds for New Plymouth galloper Kawi after his dominant Hastings win on Saturday.

Tigers roar in premier two netball final

Stratford's Marissa Clough, left, and Western Suburbs Bengal Tigers wing attack Janna Slaats compete for the ball.

Western Suburbs Bengal Tigers turned the tables on Stratford to win the Taranaki premier two netball grand final 44-37 in New Plymouth on Saturday.

Taranaki need to find quick improvement

An Otago defender is lost in a puddle after Beauden Barrett skips past him.

OPINION: The short walk from the players' entrance to the back carpark at Yarrow Stadium was all it took to have several theories thrown at me from some pretty disappointed fans on Saturday night.

Tysons class above Old Boys

Tysons goal defence Jess Tuki looks for someone to pass to during Saturday's Taranaki premier one netball grand final in New Plymouth.

Tysons were in a class of their own - and almost a game of their own - as the powered to an easy win over New Plymouth Old Boys in the Taranaki premier one netball grand final in New Plymouth on Saturday.

Taranaki fall to Otago at home

Beauden Barrett makes a line break in horrible conditions at Yarrow Stadium.

Homecoming of Beauden Barrett was not enough to help Taranaki to first win of NPC season.

Kawi too good in Makfi Stakes

Kawi swoops past Ryan Mark to win the Makfi Stakes at Hastings on Saturday.

Allan Sharrock-trained horse storms away to win first Group I race of the season at Hastings.

Kawi improved further by most recent outing

Allan Sharrock

New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock's confidence in Kawi's chances today's $200,000 Makfi Stakes didn't take a hit when the horse drew barrier 16 of 20 accpetors in the Group I feature race.

Defence the focus for development team

Pomare Samupo returns for the Taranaki development team to play Auckland under-23 in the northern regions competition.

Improving their defence remains the major focal point for the Taranaki development team as they face an Auckland under-23 side in a northern regions competition match at Western Springs on Saturday.

Cracroft-Wilson to captain NZ team

New Plymouth's Paul Cracroft-Wilson to lead New Zealand team.

Putting the pressure on his Aussie competitors in the flag races is high on the agenda for Fitzroy's Paul Cracroft-Wilson when he pulls on the silver fern at next week's International Surf Rescue Challenge (ISRC).

Airs coaching job up for grabs

Daryn Shaw calling the shots for the Taranaki Mountain Airs in 2015.

Daryn Shaw wants to stay on as coach of the Taranaki Mountain Airs in the National Basketball League competition.

McKenzie injury means a swap for Barrett

Beauden Barrett says he is as passionate as ever to play for Taranaki.

Hometown hero Beauden Barrett admits the opportunity to turn out for Taranaki is a welcome distraction from the All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad announcement on Sunday.

Moturoa favourites to win semifinal berth

The Moturoa  premier football team celebrate after scoring a goal against Eltham earlier this season. The New Plymouth team has been the form side this season.

The focus on Taranaki football switches to the two knockout competitions to be played on Saturday.

Pocket rocket on court for Old Boys

Goal attack Jenna Kensington lines up another goal for New Plymouth Old Boys in Taranaki premier one netball this season.

Jenna Kensington is easy to spot on the netball court.

Tysons looking to go one better

New Plymouth Old Boys goal shoot Josie Matuku lines up a goal against Inglewood in last week's sudden-death semifinal.

Twelve months is a long time to wait between grand finals, especially if you are the beaten finalists hurting from a loss the year before.

Bailey-Nowell key player for Tysons

Tysons goal defence Abbie Bailey-Nowell stretches high during a Taranaki premier one netball, match earlier in the season.

Abbie Bailey-Nowell wasn't going to play netball this season.

Family connection on netball court

Taela, left, and her mum Steph Herbert are playing for the Western Suburbs Bengal Tigers in the premier two netball grand final against Stratford.

There's a strong mother-daughter relationship at the Western Suburbs Netball Club.

Taranaki teams competing on Stratford turf

Xavier Hey will be a key player for New Plymouth Boys' High School in Auckland next week.

Five Taranaki teams will take part in a mixed secondary schools' hockey tournament at the Stratford turf next week.

Taranaki netballer nabs Pulse development spot

Kate Wells from Sacred Heart Girls' College, right, fights for possession with Tysons goal shoot Amber Bellringer in a Taranaki premier one netball match earlier this year.

Taranaki's Kate Wells has been named as a development player for the Pulse netball side.

McKenzie to stay at 10 despite Barrett being available

Beauden Barrett will start at fullback for Taranaki against Otago.

A lack of time at team training is the major reason behind Beauden Barrett being stationed at fullback instead of first five-eighth for Taranaki against Otago on Saturday.

Chelsea to pay way over the odds

John Stones will not be waving goodbye to Everton supporters if the club stands firm.

Jaw dropping. That's the only way to describe the latest big money offer coming out of Stamford Bridge with news that Chelsea are prepared to offer £40m ($NZ96m) for Everton defender John Stones.

Limited experience does not bother new skipper

Charlie Ngatai has no issue with taking over the Taranaki captaincy.

His experience might be limited but new Taranaki rugby captain Charlie Ngatai feels comfortable stepping into the role for the remainder of the national provincial championship season.

Cricket summer and winter

National age group indoor  cricket reps Jesse Vertongen , left, and Robson Chapman.

New Plymouth cricketers Robson Chapman and Jesse Vertongen will represent New Zealand age group indoor cricket teams at the World Junior Series in Brisbane next month.

TT go straight into playoffs

Team Taranaki midfielder Nathan Hill (right) beats his Havelock North Wanderers marker to the ball in the final Federation League game of the season last Sunday. Taranaki won the match and the title.

Team Taranaki heads straight into promotion-relegation playoffs.

Myers leads premiership

New Zealand jumper Krase (Richard Cully) leaps a fence on his way to winning the 2014 Australian Steeples at Sandown in Melbourne. The horse lines up at Hawera on Thursday.

TONY BIRD

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