Former All Black Rene Ranger's plans to return to rugby in
New Zealand depend on recent neck surgery.
Former Otago prop Steve Cumberland has returned to the
province and will help coach the ITM Cup side this season.
The ITM Cup, despite its obvious challenges in bringing fans
to the stadium, remains a jewel in the broadcast crown and is
thought to have fetched a record price now the rights have
been conditionally renewed.
There was only one appropriate way to cap the greatest season
in the long history of Taranaki rugby.
Manawatu will join the big boys in the Premiership in next
season's ITM Cup.
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