Call it the Tasman of the south. The Highlanders Super Rugby franchise has a strong connection with the Makos team.
James Lowe might never become an All Black, but if the national selectors genuinely take form and consistency into account, then the former Nelson College star may well already be somewhere in the back of their collective minds.
If Tom Marshall earns the call, the utility is likely to combine with James Lowe and Bryce Heem to form a Tasman triumvirate in the backline for the third time this season.But, even if Marshall is left out, the pair of wings will ensure another impact from one of the ITM Cup's smaller provinces.
As a further commitment to their association with the Tasman Makos, Mondo Travel has partnered with Air France to sponsor the 2015 Tasman Mako Man.
Former All Black Leon MacDonald will take over the role as Tasman Makos head coach if Kieran Keane is offered a Super Rugby coaching position before next season.
Johnston Associates South Chartered Accountants have formed part of the line up backing the Tasman Makos for success in 2015.