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.
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.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: The natives are restless, the sponsors grumpy and some of the old timers, well they're just plain angry.
Taranaki women's coach, Jack Kirifi, remains nervous.
If there is one game the Taranaki captain wants to win this season, it is against Auckland
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.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe curse of Christchurch could be broken tonight.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsA lack of preparation won't be used as an excuse if Taranaki don't measure up in the NPC.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsReputation or form? It's a question the Taranaki selectors will be considering as they prepare to pick their side for the first NPC match.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsTaranaki are where they want to be a week out from the start of the NPC.
MURRAY HILLS - © Fairfax NZ NewsIt'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.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsTaranaki have warmed up with a convincing 31-17 over Waikato at Otorohanga this afternoon.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe experiment at centre continues for Taranaki with Andre Taylor named in the No 13 jersey.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsNew Taranaki recruit Ope Peleseuma will make the trip to Taupo this week and play against Hawke's Bay.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe enthusiasm of Taranaki Rugby Football Union board member Noel Caskey's presentation speech summed up the colts final.
Teams have to play to their strengths to win and Southern did exactly that.
The coach with the smallest profile probably had the biggest influence in deciding the Taranaki senior A title for 2013.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe big four-O might be on the horizon but Southern prop Jason Hooper refuses to call time on his playing career.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsFlight to Sri Lanka tomorrow might feel like the longest of hauls for Willie Rickards
Rival captains add up their chances over the cornflakes
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