GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsFormer All Blacks lock Jason Eaton was last night named Taranaki rugby player of the year.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsIn just about any other year, Taranaki rugby supporters would be feeling hard done by.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: The New Zealand Rugby Union must be extremely pleased this morning.
RUGBYGLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsTyson Keats has regrets about turning his back on the Ranfurly Shield.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Shield is in good hands for the summer after Taranaki beat Hawke's Bay 29-11.
© Fairfax NZ NewsTribal rugby is looking to make a comeback in Taranaki. Helen Harvey reports.
Taranaki rugby coach Colin Cooper has made just one change to the starting side for tomorrow's Ranfurly Shield match against Hawke's Bay.
IAN SNOOK - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: If Taranaki are able to continue on their winning way on Saturday against Canterbury they could complete a dramatic season as Ranfurly Shield holders and ITM Cup finalists.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: S econds. That's all there was between Taranaki's Ranfurly Shield dream being shattered and North Harbour causing one of the season's great upsets.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Taranaki development team came back from a horror first half to overcome Bay of Plenty 39-36 in Otorohanga on Saturday.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsTaranaki sit second on the national provincial championship table after a weekend of upsets that included Manawatu breaking a 124-year hoodoo in Wellington.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe ice baths have never felt so good for an exhausted Taranaki side that went to the top of the national championship table last night after a combative 26-23 win over Tasman.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsFormer 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.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsTaranaki have been forced to make several late changes to their side for tonight's national championship rugby match against Tasman at Yarrow Stadium.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsRecord-breaking Taranaki goalkicker Beauden Barrett will miss tonight's national championship match against Tasman after being ruled out with a minor wrist injury.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsVersatile loose forward Ben Souness is expecting a dogfight in Palmerston North tomorrow as Taranaki head south to take on championship side Manawatu.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsAndre Taylor has no concerns about heading back to Palmerston North tomorrow.
© Fairfax NZ NewsTaranaki have played three games and won two. How much do you know about the players and how much can you remember about the games so far?
Taranaki sneak away with win over Northland
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe lack of changes in Taranaki's side signals just how important tonight's match is.
Pace is an asset a rugby team can never have enough of.
They were celebrating around Moturoa, Mikotai and Paritutu on Saturday night after the Cast Iron Chickens grabbed back-to-back senior Taranaki rugby titles.
"Beaten fair and square." That was the reaction from Waikato coach Chris Gibbes.
© Fairfax NZ NewsHow much do you know about Taranaki rugby?
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsBig Trent Sutton is gearing himself up for a torrid time on Saturday.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe advantage line will be the key divide between Taranaki and Waikato in Hamilton tonight.
It's fair to say Tama Tuirirangi has seen a lot in his long playing career.
Taranaki's Jarrad Hoeata will pull on the black jersey for the first time on Friday after being named in the All Blacks starting line up this morning to take on Fiji on Friday.
Taranaki rugby officials have reversed their decision to close the Clawton St entrance for the remainder of their national championship home games at Yarrow Stadium.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsVeteran Taranaki hooker Laurence Corlett says there should be no "payback" at Waikato Stadium tomorrow night when he returns to the scene of one of last year's most controversial national championship moments.
Taranaki will field a rookie outside back combination against Waikato in Hamilton tomorrow night with injuries again forcing coach Colin Cooper's hand.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsLiving up to the expectations of the public could prove Taranaki's biggest challenge when they kick off their national provincial championship season against Wellington tomorrow night.
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BY GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsWellington's Chris Pollock will control Taranaki's crucial national championship match against North Harbour at Albany on Saturday.
Hoeata has dismissed speculation he is in the line to make the All Blacks' end-of-year tour.
BY GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsDeported Taranaki rugby winger Paul Perez has found himself a new home in South Africa.
The build-up to this year's NPC could not have been any more frustrating for Taranaki prop.
BY GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe top seven is starting to take real shape after five rounds, with every game going the way of the favourites.
BY GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Taranaki development side produced their best pre-season performance to date.
BY GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe script could have been written before the match against Otago kicked off.
BY GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsWinning at Carisbrook has never been easy for Taranaki rugby teams.
BY GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsHayward is hoping to heap a bit more misery on some of his Highlanders team-mates tonight.
BY GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsTaranaki have solved their dilemma at hooker, with Mahonri Schwalger signing on.
BY GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsInjury has again forced the hand of Taranaki coach Colin Cooper for tomorrow night's national provincial rugby match against Otago, with frontline winger David Smith ruled out with a hamstring injury.
BY GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsTaranaki hooker Timo Tutavaha will be at the centre of one of the youngest front rows.
BY GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe search for a replacement hooker for Taranaki's Laurence Corlett will start today.
BY GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsTaranaki are at the top of the national provincial championship table – for a day or two anyway.
© Fairfax NZ NewsThe profiles of the contenders we have shortlisted for the 125th Taranaki jubilee Dream Team have been all wrapped up.
BY GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsIn-form Taranaki winger Andre Taylor has been ruled out of tonight's rugby match.
BY GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsA hamstring injury has completed a bad week for Taranaki flanker Jarrad Hoeata.
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