Happy new year, 

We hope you had a great Christmas and New Year and that you're eager to get back into some code. 

One of the first big events for us is the Hurricanes and Hurricanes Poua double-header at Central Energy Trust Arena on Friday 22 March. Tickets go on sale 1 February. We'll keep you updated about how you can buy tickets.

Manawatū Rugby Memberships are now available for 2024. One of the best things about Memberships is that they are cheaper than buying individual tickets to each Turbos game,

A Membership will get you:

  • entry into the Manawatū Turbos’ five NPC round-robin home games
  • entry into all Cyclones FPC home games
  • entry into any NPC and FPC quarters, semifinal or final matches in Palmerston North.

Order your membership now here.

If you were a Member with grandstand seats in 2023, these seats are currently reserved for you to purchase again if you wish. If that's you, please email jeremyb@manawaturugby.co.nz.


Manawatū Rugby Union’s new Pathways Programme puts the emphasis on retaining and developing local talent. The strategy sees a significant emphasis placed on retaining our best school leaver talent to enter the Manawatū Rugby Academy.



Manawatū Rugby has recruited a strong Academy intake for 2024. The Year One group boasts three New Zealand Schools representatives and another five players from the 2023 Hurricanes Under 18 camp.

Year One: Mosese Bason, Jack Delaney, Sam Dyer, Josiah Johnston, Pita Manamanaivalu, Liam O'Connor, Henele Oliveti, James Parkinson, Michael Stassen, Jai Tamati, Logan Wallace.

Year Two: Moses Armstrong-Ravula, Vernon Bason, Sam Coles, Telson Liuvaie, Tadhg O'Connor.

Read more about the 2024 intake here.  

A Manawatū Academy team will play against Hawke's Bay (10 February) and Wellington (24 February) academies. This team is made up the current Academy members as well as Academy graduates and elite under 20 players listed below: 

Matt Antis, Alex Bloblea, Reuben Davis, Kallum Gullery, Eli Edwards-Martin, Mativa Fonua, Kalli Francis-Chambers, AJ Hansen, Miakaere Harvey, Ruben Nelley, Sam Masoe, Lave Miller, John Samuelu, Nickster Tafolo, Pulotu Tomouhoni.

Our AGM is not far away. This is where new MRU Board of Directors and Club Rugby Executive members will be elected, so get your nominations in quick. There are four Board positions and and four spots on the Club Rugby Executive to be filled. Nominations close Wednesday 14 February.

Details about the AGM and nomination forms can be found here.  


The Senior 1 club competition will kick off on 29 March with some big games including a rematch of last year's final and a Johnston Park derby. Check out the full draw here

Any clubs that would like to to advertise preseason get-togethers or trainings on our Club Rugby Notices webpage please email jeremyb@manawaturugby.co.nz.


Turbos prop Flyn Yates is currently playing for Kamaishi Seawaves in Japan Rugby League One, Division Two. This photo of Flyn and Tsurutu Kaoru was snapped after the Seawaves' game against Red Hurricanes Osaka in December. Flyn and Tsurutu played together for Varsity in our club competition last year thanks to Manawatū Rugby's relationship with the Red Hurricanes.


If you're looking for a fresh start or new opportunity in 2024, check out our vacancies. We currently have a range of positions open, including Chief Executive Officer, Women's Performance Manager, Cyclones Head Coach, and Game Development Administrator. We're also seeking physio providers for our High Performance and Pathways programmes.