Injury concerns have abated and an almost fully fit squad will line up in Hamilton next weekend at the New Zealand sevens tournament.
Sarah Scott has just written another chapter in what is becoming an impressive sporting family history.
The most valuable trophy in the land has had a clean, some spit and polish and been smartened up.
There were plenty of teams lining up to have a crack at the Ranfurly Shield this season but Otago is limiting itself to just the two mandatory pre-season challenges.
Tony Gilbert scored a couple of firsts in his rugby career. Now both of them are about to intertwine.
National cricket representatives are a bit of a rare breed in the south at the moment.
Lima Sopoaga's English club is confident the former All Black will find his best form - next season.
In a short series, the Otago Daily Times talks to those people who work behind the scenes to keep sport going. Steve Hepburn talks to Geoff Simons, who works on and off the field in different sports.
John Haggart played 119 games for Otago, finishing with the blue and golds when the side won the national provincial championship in 1991. Since then he has been all around the world. He catches up with Rugby writer Steve Hepburn.
New Zealand Rugby has pledged its support to a competition taking players away from the grass-roots and bleeding clubs of players.
The track is smooth, the surface has been raked, raked and raked again. The tyres are pumped and ready to ride.
Former US Open champion and NZ Open winner Michael Campbell is set to line up at next year's NZ Open.
The Highlanders are off on two weeks' leave but the season is edging ever closer and thoughts will switch in the new year to playing the game.
Everyone knows what Ben Smith has done and still has left to do. But what about the other Ben Smith who played for Otago and the Highlanders and also turned out for Southland? Rugby writer Steve...
Queenstown golfer James Anstiss has given himself an early Christmas present.
The Highlanders will welcome back a couple of title winners in the new year, but one of them appears to be a little battle-weary.
Otago is always going to find it hard in sevens because of its location and lack of games but more commitment is needed from both players and the union, Otago coaches say.
Rules are rules and there was simply no consideration to go late and end the Plunket Shield game at the University of Otago Oval on Sunday.
Former England and Hurricanes back Riki Flutey is the new Highlanders skills coach.
There may have been empty seats and zero atmosphere at the new tournament in Tauranga, but the horse had bolted in getting the sevens back to Queenstown.