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MAKOS ‘MR FIX-IT’ FINDS A HOME T O N Y L E W I S P H O T O S B Y A N A G A L L O WAY MAKOS SHOTS BY SHUTTERSPORT

CEO Tony Lewis has strengthened bonds and built strong foundations for the future of NelsonMarlborough rugby – plus put down roots himself. WildTomato’s Geoff Moffett reports. 30

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asman Rugby Union Chief Executive Tony Lewis is not one to gaze into a crystal ball to predict the Makos’ Mitre 10 Cup prospects this season. Avoiding relegation is his one objective – and you’d bet against that happening, given the Makos’ outstanding record. “For the first three, four weeks, let’s just clock up the victories. After that it’ll all take care of itself,” he says. Makos fans should be excited at the draw,

with home games in Nelson playing Canterbury and Auckland, and in Blenheim, hosting Wellington. Since Tony’s appointment, just before Tasman beat Hawke’s Bay to win promotion to the top division of New Zealand provincial rugby, the Makos have contested two Premiership finals and one semi-final – a mighty achievement even if the silverware has just eluded them. Tony Lewis is rightly proud of the success of one of the country’s smallest unions,

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