About Tasman Rugby Union Blenheim

Tasman RU is responsible for the administration of all amateur rugby in the region, in schools and at junior and senior level. The Union fields the Tasman Makos rugby team in the national provincial championship, the Mitre 10 Cup.

The “Makos”, as the Union’s team is known, was an amalgamation of the Marlborough and Nelson Bays Rugby Unions, thereby becoming New Zealand’s newest provincial union.

The Marlborough Rugby Sub-Union, founded in 1888 and known as the “Red Devils”, has a proud rugby heritage including holding the storied Ranfurly Shield for six defenses in 1973.

The Nelson Bays Rugby Sub-Union, founded in 1968 and whose representative team is known as “The Griffins”, is in itself an amalgamation of the Nelson and Golden Bays Rugby Unions founded in 1885 (becoming the nation’s sixth provincial union) and 1920 respectively.

As the newest provincial union, and one of the least resourced, we are determined to prove ourselves as worthy of our place in the national provincial championship. We are a Union moving forward and, now embarking on our second decade, aspire to be a Top 4 national provincial Union, by any criteria.