Manawatu or the Turbos as they are nicknamed play their home games in green shirts with white bands, white shorts and socks. The away strip is reversed with white shirts with green bands. The shirt has been worn to glory in holding the Ranfurly Shield in the 1976, 1977, 1978. Also winning the 1st Division NPC in 1980. They were Runner-up's 1976 and 1981.
Manawatu Rugby Union was formed in 1886 and is the governing body of Rugby in the Manawatu rugby province. It is based in the city of Palmerston North and its home ground is FMG Stadium, which was formerly known as the Palmerston North Showgrounds and Arena One. Manawatu play in the Air New Zealand Cup and the Union has over 5000 players which makes it the 10th largest union in New Zealand in player numbers.
Manawatu with Taranaki, Wanganui, Hawke's Bay, Poverty Bay, East Coast, Horowhenua-Kapiti, Wairarapa Bush and Wellington, is in the Hurricanes Super 14 catchment area, they were the province that produced Aaron Cruden the rising Super Rugby and All Blacks first five-eight.