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The Tasman Rugby Union is the governing body for rugby union in Tasman Bay, a bay at the north end of the South Island in New Zealand. Headquartered in Nelson, TRU is New Zealand's newest provincial union, founded in 2006 with the amalgamation of the existing Marlborough and Nelson Bays sub unions.

Tasman Rugby Union
Tasman ru logo.png
SportRugby union
AbbreviationTRU
Founded2006; 13 years ago (2006)
AffiliationNew Zealand Rugby
Regional affiliationTasman Bay
HeadquartersNelson
Official website
www.tasmanrugby.co.nz
New Zealand

The union's premier team is the Tasman Mako which compete in New Zealand's provincial rugby competition, the Mitre 10 Cup.

HistoryEdit

When the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) reviewed the domestic competitions in 2005, a new 14 team premier division of competition was created, as the Air New Zealand Cup, taking the place of the National Provincial Championship (NPC).

The restructured domestic competition opened the door for the Nelson Bays and Marlborough Rugby Unions to form a relationship, forming one organisation in an attempt to be awarded a position in the new competition.

Representative TeamEdit

The TRU's premier team is the "Tasman Mako", which compete in New Zealand's provincial rugby competition, the Mitre 10 Cup.

Tasman Mako
 
Full nameTasman Rugby Union
UnionNew Zealand Rugby
Nickname(s)Mako
Founded2006; 13 years ago (2006)
Ground(s)Lansdowne Park (capacity: 15,000)
Trafalgar Park (capacity: 18,000)
CEOTony Lewis
Coach(es)Andrew Goodman and Clarke Dermody (Head Coach)
Shane Christie (Forwards)
Clarke Dermody (Set Piece)
Captain(s)David Havili
Most capsRobbie Malneek (104)
Top scorerMarty Banks (640)
Most triesRobbie Malneek (25)
League(s)Mitre 10 Cup
20183rd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Team kit
Official website
www.mako.nz

SeasonsEdit

2006Edit

2006 Air New Zealand Cup Pool A Standings
# Team GP W D L PF PA PD BP PTS
1 Auckland 6 5 0 1 195 63 +132 5 25
2 North Harbour (RS) 6 5 0 1 142 92 +50 3 23
3 Wellington 6 5 0 1 121 90 +31 1 21
4 Bay of Plenty 6 3 0 3 116 129 -13 1 13
5 Taranaki 6 2 0 4 86 128 -42 1 9
6 Tasman 6 1 0 5 133 163 -30 4 8
7 Manawatu 6 0 0 6 46 174 -128 1 1

A Tasman XV played Canada 'A' on April 26, 2006 at Trafalgar Park. The Tasman side won by 40 points, the final score being 48 points to eight. The Makos were grouped in Pool A of the 2006 Air New Zealand Cup.

In their first ever match in the Air New Zealand Cup, the Makos earned a bonus point in a loss to the North Harbour team, losing 33 points to 27. They were defeated by Auckland the following week by 40 points. However, the Makos won their first match in round three, defeating Manawatu by 43 points to 0. Their only other win of the season came at home against Northland, with an impressive 56–15 win. Despite the season record of just 2 wins and 7 losses, the Makos showed the ability to compete and provided a platform to build for the future. Ti'i Paulo captained the side.

2007Edit

2007 Air New Zealand Cup Standings
# Team P W D L PF PA PD BP1 BP2 PTS
1 Auckland (RS) 10 10 0 0 371 145 +226 8 0 48
2 Canterbury 10 9 0 1 351 135 +216 6 0 42
3 Wellington 10 8 0 2 354 172 +182 6 1 39
4 Hawke's Bay 10 7 0 3 254 221 +33 5 1 34
5 Waikato 10 6 0 4 289 231 +58 3 1 28
6 Southland 10 6 0 4 231 203 +28 1 1 26
7 Otago 10 5 1 4 213 275 -81 1 1 24
8 Taranaki 10 4 0 6 218 234 -16 3 4 23
9 North Harbour 10 4 2 4 222 267 -45 2 0 22
10 Northland 10 3 1 6 206 214 -8 1 4 19
11 Tasman 10 2 0 8 184 262 -59 0 4 12
12 Manawatu 10 2 1 7 158 331 -173 1 0 11
13 Bay of Plenty 10 1 0 9 154 297 -143 2 3 9
14 Counties Manukau 10 0 1 9 130 348 -218 0 0 2

The 2007 season was disappointing for the Makos, finishing the season with a record of 2 wins and 8 losses. Wins came against Hawke's Bay and Manawatu, with close losses against Waikato and Canterbury.

2008Edit