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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.

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.

Tasman team finish National Sevens Cup runners-up

Men's Cup Final: Waikato 21 (Sevu Reece, Tyler Campbell, Saynarvat Srisawat tries; Jordan Bunce 2, Isaac Te Tamati con) Turf Hotel Tasman 17 (James Lash, Glen Ballam, Tone Ng Shiu tries; Lash con). HT: 14-5.

Mako sign outside back Solomon Alaimalo

TRU is pleased to announce the signing of outside back SOLOMON ALAIMALO to play for the Tasman Mako. Solomon has played 21 matches for Northland over the last 2 seasons and 10 matches for the Chiefs in 2017.

It’s Mako, not Makos [The Spinoff]

This week Tasman Rugby Union are announcing a small name change with potentially huge consequences. Initial conversations had talked about the Tasman Mako – ‘mako’ being the correct plural of the Māori name.