Forget the talk about heroes and courageous efforts.
Otago coach Tom Donnelly joined a rare breed yesterday, having won the Ranfurly Shield as a player and now as a head coach.
It took 56 years to break the long Ranfurly Shield drought. Now Otago has won it three times in seven years.
Otago will not have long to celebrate before its first defence of the Ranfurly Shield.
There are plenty of illustrious jerseys hanging in the University clubrooms. One jersey, though, has something of a story — the white All Black jersey which belonged to Dave Halligan, who died last week.
Having trained since February, some players will finally get to reap what they have sown in Invercargill today.
Otago is ready for Taranaki and is expecting plenty of mud.
It has all been a big learning curve for Freedom Vahaakolo in recent weeks. But breaking through barriers and getting over hurdles is nothing new for the speedy winger.
They survived Covid-19 and received the spoils last night.
Taranaki skipper Teihorangi Walden has confirmed he is no longer contracted to the Highlanders.
Otago has signed halfback Jono Hickey.
Otago and Southland will have to get out of bed early next month for a couple of Mitre 10 Cup games.
Usually, when Ranfurly Shield challenges crop up, the history gets rolled out.
The next step in the regional racing review for the South will take place next week but all parties are being urged to get involved.
The national aerobics championships have taken more than a bit of work to arrange thanks to Covid-19 restrictions. They'll be held at Otago Girls’ High School this weekend.
It will be a rare feeling for Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith this Sunday.
The Black Ferns will get a run this year after all, although the side will not play an overseas team.
In an already shortened season, midfield back Sio Tomkinson will have spent more time on the side than most by the time the year ends.
He has heard it all before.
Some Dunedin premier club finals will be played at Forsyth Barr Stadium in front of a limited crowd.