The 2013 Taranaki rugby side grabbed an unenviable record that had not been bettered for 92 years.
Most 17 year olds are busy giving their parents nightmares, rather than leaving opposing countries with a case of the cold sweats.
Injuries and a wedding decimated Southern's ranks for the unofficial national champs.
Taranaki first five-eighth Beaudein Waaka has been called into the Hurricanes squad as injury cover for pre-season matches.
In just about any other year, Taranaki rugby supporters would be feeling hard done by.
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Former All Blacks lock Jason Eaton has dispelled rumours he is heading for the Crusaders after confirming he has had no offers from any New Zealand Super rugby franchise.
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If you had not followed Taranaki's 2010 ITM Cup campaign you could very easily understand the size and nature of the loss to Wellington on Saturday.
One of the scores of Manawatu Turbo supporters who turned up in spectacular numbers, despite the form of their side, at Yarrow Stadium on Saturday carried a Tui sign which branded: "Taranaki Rugby, 125 years of home grown players."
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