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Nelson College opened their 2017 UC Championship campaign with their first defence of the year of the Moascar Cup. NZ’s oldest and most prestigious school’s 1st XV trophy. Despite playing with 14 mem for much of the second half, Nelson overcame Christ’s College 22 – 21 on the back of some courageous defence.

Senior Competition Reviews

Harlequins, without a win up until the weekend, defeated Kahurangi 28-17 at Lansdowne Park to be the only Marlborough club to record a win in the NPD Tasman Trophy.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

This year the TRU with the NZR has introduced the Blue Card Concussion Procedure in Community Rugby, to ensure players that sustain a concussion receive sufficient medical treatment before returning to rugby. We realise that for this procedure to be credible, the support of all health care providers across our region is vital. This procedure was implemented from March 2017 to all grades from 1st XV and above.

First Makos trials teams announced

Following on from the success of internal trials in 2016, squads have been selected for the Buccaneers and Musseleers teams to play on Wednesday 17 May.

Senior Competition Reviews

The weekend’s round 6 matches saw the commencement of crossover matches amongst the Marlborough and Nelson Bays clubs. Moutere, Nelson, Waitohi and Wanderers scored important away wins, while Marist and Stoke won at home.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

The privilege of being the CEO of the Tasman Rugby Union includes the opportunity at times to be involved in meetings, discussions and presentations around player depth charts, recruitment and contract possibilities for players at the Tasman Makos and also at the Crusaders and the Crusaders Academy - Tasman.

Nelson clubs hold slight edge after opening round of NPD Tasman Trophy crossover matches

NPD TASMAN TROPHY STANDINGS: Nelson 24, Moutere 24, Waitohi 23, Renwick 19, WOB 19, Marist 19, Wanderers 18, Central 11, Stoke 11, East Coast 6, Kahurangi 6, Harlequins -5.


After several upsets over the Easter weekend in the NPD Tasman Trophy there are seven (7) teams within a match of a place in the final series, added to the mix is a Central team finding some form in the last two matches.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

The age group and JAB rugby season is about to start in the coming weeks, at the TRU this year we want to make sure the participants in this competition enjoy the experience of playing rugby. The behavior of adults (coaching or spectator) on the sidelines has a direct correlation to young rugby players enjoying and returning to the game the following year – FACT.

Quinten Strange selected for NZ Provincial Baabaas team

Tasman Makos lock Quinten Strange has been named in the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians team to play the British and Irish Lions on their upcoming tour to New Zealand.