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Tasman star on the rise with All Blacks

The elevation of Shannon Frizell and Jordan Tafua to the All Blacks squad for the June series against France underlines the soaring value of Tasman rugby at the top level. Their selection brings the total of Tasman All Blacks over the past 12 months to six, the two loose forwards following Liam Squire, Kane Hames, David Havili and Tim Perry as Mako men in black.

4 Mako named for All Blacks June series

Debutantes Jordan Taufua & Shannon Frizell join current All Blacks Liam Squire (# 1151) & Tim Perry (# 1162) in the 33 man squad named to play France.

Strong chance for local coach to replace Leon MacDonald

A replacement for departing Tasman Mako head coach Leon MacDonald could be confirmed by the end of next week – and the union believes they have a good man for the job.

Shane Christie brings curtain down on one career, starts another

Former Tasman Mako, Highlander and Maori All Black Shane Christie is set to kick-start his coaching career as he draws a close to his playing career. Christie has been side-lined since having concussion issues during 2016 and officially retired after receiving a medical report last week.

Mako Crusaders visit Blenheim schools

Crusaders flags were flying high at two Marlborough schools today as Quinten Strange and Andrew Makalio, along with Matt Todd, visited the top of the south as part of the Crusaders’ regional partnership with Christchurch-based civil construction company Isaac Construction.

Pre-order your Mako + All Blacks pack

Ticketing by New Zealand Rugby for the first ever All Blacks test in Nelson will go on public sale in June 2018. Until public sales go live, the Tasman Rugby Union is taking prior bookings for a bundled Mako season ticket plus All Blacks test ticket.

Mako staff share HP advice with Melbourne's sporting giants

Head coach Leon MacDonald, assistant coach Shane Christie, chief executive Tony Lewis and commercial manager Les Edwards spent five days in Melbourne last week to gain insights into the commercial, administrative and high-performance coaching operations from three of the city's big sporting brands.


The Mighty Mako will play five home games - two in Blenheim – Canterbury then Southland, then the First Ever All Blacks Test in our region, followed by three matches in Nelson – Taranaki, Counties Manukau & Hawkes Bay.

Wyatt Crockett to join Mako for 2018 & 2019

“The TRU welcomes Wyatt home to Nelson and believe that he’ll be a valuable addition to the Mako squad in 2018 and 2019. The Union is also excited that Wyatt will be making a vital contribution in the mentoring of young front forwards in the region.”

Risi Pouri-Lane now a contracted Black Ferns Sevens player

Risi Pouri-Lane contracted to the Black Ferns Sevens squad for 2018, as they strive for Commonwealth Games gold and victory at the Rugby World Cup Sevens later this year.