BEAVEN DEWAR - © Fairfax NZ NewsSpotswood United bounced back to thump defending champions Southern.
The topsy-turvy nature of this year's premier rugby continued yesterday, leaving Inglewood as the only unbeaten team.
Francis Douglas Memorial College show that size doesn't really matter in rugby.
Taranaki are on the cusp of losing two of their most influential players ahead of the national provincial championship.
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.
One of Taranaki rugby's hard men is leaving the side to play with the Cardiff Blues in Wales.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsFour is likely to become two this afternoon in just the second round of the Taranaki premier club competition.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Taranaki premier rugby season kicks off tomorrow. Glenn McLean takes a look at the last four squads.
There is something a bit odd about a rugby coach giving the staunch pose in a pink tuxedo.
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.
Taranaki's backline stocks for 2014 have been boosted with the addition of utility back Marty McKenzie.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsTaranaki player of the year Blade Thomson will get his first start for New Zealand Maori
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsWaisake Naholo has opted to head back to sevens instead of staying with the Blues
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsA first start in the AB 10 jersey might be elusive but you won't hear a complaint
Taranaki Rugby will not sit idle after a poor season netted just three wins.
The Taranaki women's side have just 80 minutes left to grab their first competition points of the NPC season.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsSpace. Not the final frontier but the sort teams strive to create on a rugby field.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe skipper reckons they are motivated, now convert it into action on the field
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsHalf the season spent trying to fool everyone he would recover from concussion
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsDeparting utility back Frazier Climo will get a start at first five-eighth for Taranaki's final national provincial championship match against Waikato.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsYou could argue the TAB have been quite generous offering $1.40 for Tasman to win
Former Chiefs prop appointed as interim chief executive of Taranaki Rugby
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsNew national sevens rep determined to show her potential in Australia
Taranaki Rugby boss Neil Pennington drops bombshell by walking out the door.
OPINION: It might be time for Taranaki's footy side to take a leaf out of Team New Zealand's book.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsTaranaki captain Kane Barrett hopes it rains, and rains hard.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsInside 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.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsCarl Carmichael will miss Cleaver on the field when he runs out for his 50th match for Taranaki
The "Counties" chant went up from the crowd with more than 25 minutes to play in today's Ranfurly Shield match.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ News11 hours on the train from Wellington to Pukekohe was far from a burden
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsYou 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.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: The natives are restless, the sponsors grumpy and some of the old timers, well they're just plain angry.
Jumping aboard the Ranfurly rollercoaster
GLENN MCLEAN AND FAIRFAX - © Fairfax NZ NewsTaranaki will get a chance to jump aboard the Ranfurly Shield rollercoaster in less than a week when they travel to Pukekohe.
If there is one game the Taranaki captain wants to win this season, it is against Auckland
Taranaki women's coach, Jack Kirifi, remains nervous.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsAnother head injury to Shane Cleaver has opened the door for a 21-year-old Clifton prop
GLENN MCLEAN IN INVERCARGILL - © Fairfax NZ NewsThey did everything they could to lose it, but Taranaki broke their NPC duck with a win against Southland
Dealing with losses has been something rugged Taranaki lock Jarrad Hoeata has had to get used to in 2013.
Any hopes Taranaki have of making 2013 a productive season rests on beating Southland
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsA deal between Taranaki Rugby and the Chiefs has yet to be finalised.
Kurt Baker has put aside his sevens career to concentrate on the 15-man game
A potential deal between Taranaki Rugby and the Chiefs could still be several weeks away from being finalised.
Take a deep breath Taranaki rugby fans, that's the two best teams out of the way.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsTurn up physically or forget about winning.
Taranaki lock Jarrad Hoeata could miss Friday night's NPC match against Wellington in New Plymouth.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe 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.
The Amber and Blacks were simply outplayed
The curse of Christurch has continued for Taranaki after they were soundly beaten 30-6 by Canterbury tonight.
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