29 Sep 2008

Marlborough to meet tomorrow over Tasman's future

6:59 pm on 29 September 2008

The Marlborough rugby sub-union board is meeting tomorrow evening in Blenheim to discuss whether or not there is a chance of the merger with Nelson surviving.

Tasman -- and Northland --- have been given conditional reprieves after the New Zealand Rugby Union reversed it's decision to move to a 12 team provincial championship next season.

In Tasman's case conditions include retaining the merged union, although all but one of Marlborough club's voted to revert to playing in the Heartland championship.

Marlborough's chairman Peter Heagney says he doesn't know if anything's changed since the vote, which was taken before the NZRU decided to drop Tasman and Northland.

He says clubs will be consulted and if their position's the same the recommendation from Blenheim's side of the hill won't change.