Rugby

Rookies get the nod for Taranaki

Chris Smylie

Taranaki coach Colin Cooper turns to rookies for help after several injuries to his first-choice players.

Rugby players connect with fans

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Members of the Taranaki rugby team visited the children's ward at Taranaki Base Hospital yesterday.

Taranaki dominate, but more work to do

Turning possession and territorial domination into points remains Taranaki's biggest work-on as they head into their final national provincial championship pre-season match this week.

Francis Douglas in nightmare wait

Francis Douglas Memorial College will have to wait until Wednesday to find out who they will meet in the semifinal of the Central North Island competition.

King Country ideal test

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Taranaki development coach Kelvin McDowell is expecting King Country to give his squad the first-up hit-out they need.

Waikato to test set piece

Jamison Gibson-Park

Taranaki's lineout is likely to come in for some close scrutiny against Waikato this afternoon.

Barrett knocked out

Captain still can't play

Kane barrett

Taranaki captain Kane Barrett looks set to miss the start of the national provincial championship.

Inglewood claim premier title

Inglewood

A superb attacking performance saw Inglewood thrash Coastal 35-14 at Yarrow Stadium to win the title.

Barrett signs with Hurricanes

Beauden Barrett

Star first five-eighth fends off Blues bid, committing to two more years of Super Rugby in the capital.

Phillips changes focus

Taranaki Rugby development manager Jono Phillips has resigned to follow business interests overseas.

Old Boys, Coastal secure semis

New Plymouth Old Boys and Coastal have guaranteed themselves semifinal spots in Taranaki premier rugby.

College continue rugby dominance

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Francis Douglas Memorial College remains the best in the region after a pulsating win over NPBH.

Taranaki rugby update

Coastal moved to the top of the Taranaki premier rugby table with a comfortable 28-3 win.

Winning run at risk

Bryn Hudson

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

Inglewood's unbeaten run could be under threat when they face Coastal.

Two-year contract for Iopu

Iopu Iopu

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

He's been one of the form players in club rugby and now Iopu Iopu has a two-year contract.

Taranaki rugby update

The in-form teams collectively put their hands up in Taranaki premier rugby today.

OBs' attack to test champs

Adam Laititi

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

New Plymouth Old Boys will get a chance to cast further doubt into the minds of the Southern camp when the sides square off at Vogeltown Park.

Spotswood deal to Southern

Warwick Lahmert

BEAVEN DEWAR - Taranaki Daily News

Spotswood United bounced back to thump defending champions Southern.

Teams on rollercoaster ride

WEEKEND RUGBY

The topsy-turvy nature of this year's premier rugby continued yesterday, leaving Inglewood as the only unbeaten team.

Smarts and heart

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Francis Douglas Memorial College show that size doesn't really matter in rugby.

Fresh fields for top players

Andre Taylor

Taranaki are on the cusp of losing two of their most influential players ahead of the national provincial championship.

Weekend rugby

New Plymouth Old Boys made a statement in just the second week of Taranaki premier rugby, thumping Clifton 55-20 at Vogeltown Park on Saturday.

Enforcer bids farewell

Jarrad Hoeata

One of Taranaki rugby's hard men is leaving the side to play with the Cardiff Blues in Wales.

Topsy-turvy ride for top four

Warwick Lahmert

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

Four is likely to become two this afternoon in just the second round of the Taranaki premier club competition.

Time to see how it shakes down

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

The Taranaki premier rugby season kicks off tomorrow. Glenn McLean takes a look at the last four squads.

New coach stamps mark

Salevi Tiatia and Daniel Sinclair

There is something a bit odd about a rugby coach giving the staunch pose in a pink tuxedo.

Try as they might, this was bad

The 2013 Taranaki rugby side grabbed an unenviable record that had not been bettered for 92 years.

A new sevens star is born

Most 17 year olds are busy giving their parents nightmares, rather than leaving opposing countries with a case of the cold sweats.

Southern short of numbers

Willie Rickards strap

Injuries and a wedding decimated Southern's ranks for the unofficial national champs.

Waaka called

Taranaki first five-eighth Beaudein Waaka has been called into the Hurricanes squad as injury cover for pre-season matches.

Taranaki signs utility back

Taranaki's backline stocks for 2014 have been boosted with the addition of utility back Marty McKenzie.

Cameo prelude for Blade

Blade Thomson strap

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

Taranaki player of the year Blade Thomson will get his first start for New Zealand Maori

Naholo to play sevens

Waisake Naholo

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

Waisake Naholo has opted to head back to sevens instead of staying with the Blues

Barrett bides time on bench

Beauden Barrett

GLENN MCLEAN - Fairfax Media

A first start in the AB 10 jersey might be elusive but you won't hear a complaint

Change in the wind

TRFU chairman Lindsay Thomson strap

Taranaki Rugby will not sit idle after a poor season netted just three wins.

Chance to end on a high

The Taranaki women's side have just 80 minutes left to grab their first competition points of the NPC season.

Where did it all go wrong?

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GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

Space. Not the final frontier but the sort teams strive to create on a rugby field.

Trophy, pride on the line

Blade Thomson

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

The skipper reckons they are motivated, now convert it into action on the field

Too many knocks

Shane Cleaver

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

Half the season spent trying to fool everyone he would recover from concussion

Cooper moves Climo to first-five

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

Departing utility back Frazier Climo will get a start at first five-eighth for Taranaki's final national provincial championship match against Waikato.

New boss for Taranaki

Michael Collins strap

Former Chiefs prop appointed as interim chief executive of Taranaki Rugby

Odds against Taranaki

Seta Tamanivalu

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

You could argue the TAB have been quite generous offering $1.40 for Tasman to win

Blyde in Sevens heaven

Michaela Blyde

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

New national sevens rep determined to show her potential in Australia

Rugby boss quits

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Taranaki Rugby boss Neil Pennington drops bombshell by walking out the door.

Back to the bad old days

The Weekend

OPINION: It might be time for Taranaki's footy side to take a leaf out of Team New Zealand's book.

Barrett calls for war in the wet

Taranaki rugby

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

Taranaki captain Kane Barrett hopes it rains, and rains hard.

Changes made for crucial clash

Jamison Gibson-Park

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

Inside halves Jamison Gibson-Park and Beaudein Waaka will get their second starts after Taranaki coach Colin Cooper revealed his side to face Bay of Plenty.

Prop to miss his mate

Carl Carmichael

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

Carl Carmichael will miss Cleaver on the field when he runs out for his 50th match for Taranaki

No shield for Taranaki

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The "Counties" chant went up from the crowd with more than 25 minutes to play in today's Ranfurly Shield match.

Journey into the unknown

Bill Orr

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

11 hours on the train from Wellington to Pukekohe was far from a burden

More graft, fewer errors needed

Isaia Tuifua

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

You don't have to hold more than a passing interest in rugby to figure out where Taranaki need to improve if they are to beat Hawke's Bay at Yarrow Stadium.

It's a long walk to freedom

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

OPINION: The natives are restless, the sponsors grumpy and some of the old timers, well they're just plain angry.

'Naki to ride Ranfurly express

Jumping aboard the Ranfurly rollercoaster

Ranfurly Shield

GLENN MCLEAN AND FAIRFAX - Taranaki Daily News

Taranaki will get a chance to jump aboard the Ranfurly Shield rollercoaster in less than a week when they travel to Pukekohe.

Bragging rights at stake

Waisake Naholo.

If there is one game the Taranaki captain wants to win this season, it is against Auckland

Fitness worries hit crucial trio

Taranaki women's coach, Jack Kirifi, remains nervous.

Cocker's time has arrived

Ryan Cocker

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

Another head injury to Shane Cleaver has opened the door for a 21-year-old Clifton prop

Taranaki win

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GLENN MCLEAN IN INVERCARGILL - Taranaki Daily News

They did everything they could to lose it, but Taranaki broke their NPC duck with a win against Southland

Hoeata positive despite shaky start

Jarrad Hoeata

Dealing with losses has been something rugged Taranaki lock Jarrad Hoeata has had to get used to in 2013.

Amber need to get in black

Kane Barrett

Any hopes Taranaki have of making 2013 a productive season rests on beating Southland

Taranaki mum on Chiefs deal

Timo Tutavaha

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

A deal between Taranaki Rugby and the Chiefs has yet to be finalised.

Baker sidelines sevens

Kurt Baker

Kurt Baker has put aside his sevens career to concentrate on the 15-man game

Chiefs not a done deal

A potential deal between Taranaki Rugby and the Chiefs could still be several weeks away from being finalised.

Taranaki haunted by errors

Seta Tamanivalu

Take a deep breath Taranaki rugby fans, that's the two best teams out of the way.

Taranaki must muscle up

Timo Tutavaha

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

Turn up physically or forget about winning.

Hoeata's date with judiciary

Taranaki lock Jarrad Hoeata could miss Friday night's NPC match against Wellington in New Plymouth.

'Woeful' and 'pathetic' effort

Taranaki

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

The problem with losing so badly on a Friday night is you have all weekend to think about it. It also gives the team's supporters all weekend to pick over the carcass.

Taranaki crumble

The Amber and Blacks were simply outplayed

Taranaki vs Canterbury strap

The curse of Christurch has continued for Taranaki after they were soundly beaten 30-6 by Canterbury tonight.

Golden chance for Taranaki

Chris Smylie

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

The curse of Christchurch could be broken tonight.

Extra homework is key

Kane Barrett

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

A lack of preparation won't be used as an excuse if Taranaki don't measure up in the NPC.

Balancing act in team selections

James Broadhurst

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

Reputation or form? It's a question the Taranaki selectors will be considering as they prepare to pick their side for the first NPC match.

Victory over Waikato

Blade Thomson

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

Taranaki are where they want to be a week out from the start of the NPC.

All or nothing for premier rivals

Anne Rogers

MURRAY HILLS - Taranaki Daily News

It's all or nothing for New Plymouth Old Boys and last year's beaten finalists Raukura when they clash in Taranaki premier one action in Hawera.

Taranaki beat Waikato

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

Taranaki have warmed up with a convincing 31-17 over Waikato at Otorohanga this afternoon.

Taranaki side revamped

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GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

The experiment at centre continues for Taranaki with Andre Taylor named in the No 13 jersey.

Peleseuma's talents needed

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

New Taranaki recruit Ope Peleseuma will make the trip to Taupo this week and play against Hawke's Bay.

Southern eight deliver goods

The coach with the smallest profile probably had the biggest influence in deciding the Taranaki senior A title for 2013.

Hooper in no rush to retire

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

The big four-O might be on the horizon but Southern prop Jason Hooper refuses to call time on his playing career.

Southern eight deliver

Taranaki Rugby

Teams have to play to their strengths to win and Southern did exactly that.

Old Boys claim championship

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

The enthusiasm of Taranaki Rugby Football Union board member Noel Caskey's presentation speech summed up the colts final.

No time to reflect

Willie Rickards strap

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

Flight to Sri Lanka tomorrow might feel like the longest of hauls for Willie Rickards

Flat-out final

Caleb Kahupukoro and Chris Black

Rival captains add up their chances over the cornflakes

Taranaki rugby update

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The two top qualifiers have been dumped out of the senior A competition after Clifton and Southern came away with semifinal victories today.

Taranaki rugby update

Tukapa will host Clifton and New Plymouth Old Boys will host Southern in next week's semifinals after a bizarre final round

Semi-finalists still to be decided

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

Tukapa are in, so are New Plymouth Old Boys. That leaves Southern, Spotswood United, Clifton and Inglewood all trying to join them.

Taranaki rugby update

LATEST: Tukapa have guaranteed themselves a home semifinal as five teams will fight it out next week for the remaining three places.

Southern's time to strike

Nathan Hohaia

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

Southern's charge for a home semifinal will be put to a serious test this afternoon

Games swing on contentious calls

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

The men holding whistles came in for plenty of attention in two crunch senior A club rugby games at the weekend.

Refs under spotlight

Spotswood's 'winning' try ruled out

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LATEST: The referees came under the spotlight in senior A club rugby on the weekend.

Test fever hits Taranaki

Beauden Barrett

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

Taranaki is waiting to see if its favourite son will be included in Saturday's test.

Southern in spotlight

Taranaki Daily News

Night rugby returns to the Taranaki senior A competition this weekend, with Southern choosing to host Inglewood at Hicks Park under lights on Friday.

Discipline the key to win

A late penalty, combined with determined and disciplined defence, saw New Plymouth Boys' High School sneak past Tauranga Boys' College.

Congestion for playoffs

Six teams in contention for semifinals

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Half a dozen teams remain in contention for the senior A club rugby semifinals.

Taranaki rugby update

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

LATEST: Competition leaders Tukapa suffered their first loss of the season and it was on their home turf

Old Boys need to plug defence

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

The boot polish has been put away by New Plymouth Old Boys coach Tony Earl.

Taranaki rugby updates

Jesse McLay

Competition leaders Tukapa conceded the most points they have all season.

Surprises spice up competition

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GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

A couple of upsets and a high-scoring and dramatic draw has put a new complexion on the senior A competition.

Weekend rugby update

Stratford surprise Coastal

Jesse McLay

GLENN MCLEAN - Taranaki Daily News

Stratford surprise Coastal and Tukapa continue on their merry way

'Banned' college wins

Francis Douglas Memorial College first XV

HANNAH FLEMING - Taranaki Daily News

In the eyes of FDMC captain Cameron Keech, actions speak louder than words.

Smith, Coles set to return

Conrad Smith

TOBY ROBSON - The Dominion Post

Conrad Smith and Dane Coles are set to bolster the Hurricanes in Canberra on Friday.

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