Taranaki Rugby

Spotswood rebound to deal to Southern

Warwick Lahmert

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Spotswood United bounced back to thump defending champions Southern.

End-to-end action in feature premier match


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

Smarts, ticker get boys home


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.

Taranaki 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.

Taranaki rugby loses hard man.

Jarrad Hoeata

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

Unbeaten sides clash for chance to stay winners

Warwick Lahmert

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

Time to see how club rugby all shakes down

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

New coach stamps mark at top

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 in Broughton

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, not heart

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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 role a prelude to first start against USA

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

Unwanted wing Naholo to spend time in sevens

Waisake Naholo

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

Barrett bides his time on the All Black bench

Beauden Barrett

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

Change blowing in the wind

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

Taranaki's 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 for Taranaki in NPC?

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

Trophy and pride on the line against Waikato

Blade Thomson

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

Too many knocks take their toll on Shane Cleaver

Shane Cleaver

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

Colin Cooper moves Frazier Climo to first-five

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

Makos give home side chance to cause upset

Seta Tamanivalu

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

Michael Collins steps in as Taranaki Rugby boss

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Former Chiefs prop appointed as interim chief executive of Taranaki Rugby

Taranaki's Michaela Blyde in Sevens heaven

Michaela Blyde

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New national sevens rep determined to show her potential in Australia

Rugby boss shocks with sudden departure

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

Back to the bad old days

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

Taranaki skipper Barrett calls for war in the wet

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

Taranaki make changes for crucial BOP clash

Jamison Gibson-Park

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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 as he clocks up 50

Carl Carmichael

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

No shield but plenty of pain 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.

Train journey into the unknown remembered

Bill Orr

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

More graft, fewer errors needed from Taranaki

Isaia Tuifua

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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 after hammering

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

Taranaki to ride the Ranfurly express

Jumping aboard the Ranfurly rollercoaster

Ranfurly Shield


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 before first WPC game

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

Cocker's time has arrived as Cleaver ruled out

Ryan Cocker

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

Taranaki beat Southland at home

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

Hoeata remains 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.

Taranaki need to get in black against Stags

Kane Barrett

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

Taranaki staying mum on deal to join Chiefs

Timo Tutavaha

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

Baker sidelines sevens, signs for Highlanders

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, a lot of work to do

Seta Tamanivalu

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

Taranaki must muscle up, history against them

Timo Tutavaha

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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' sum up Taranaki's effort


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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 against Canterbury

The Amber and Blacks were simply outplayed

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