Letting Brendon McCullum play in a domestic twenty/20 final in Australia, instead of playing for Otago in Invercargill, is purely a cricketing decision, Otago Cricket chief executive Ross Dykes says.
New Highlanders captain Jimmy Cowan believes he has matured in the past six months and says - in hindsight - he was glad he went through a rollercoaster season last year.
Coach Glenn Moore has described new Highlanders captain Jimmy Cowan as an outstanding young individual in whom he has the utmost confidence and faith.
Otago and All Black loose forward Adam Thomson has had an operation on an injured thumb but is expected to be available for the start of the Super 14.
Alexandra rider James Williamson could not quite catch the front group but still did enough to win the national under-23 road title.
Taieri has scored a coup, signing former Warriors centre Ryan Shortland to play for the club this season.
North Harbour timed its run to perfection, riding on the back of the smallest guy on the paddock to win the New Zealand sevens tournament in Queenstown yesterday.
Otago started off slow but came home strong to win the bowl at the Queenstown sevens yesterday.
The future playing career of former Otago and All Black prop Carl Hayman appears to lie with the performance of his side in the English Premiership.
Sides which struggled to make much of an impact in the 15-man competition last year loom as the ones to beat at the national sevens tournament in Queenstown this weekend.
All Black halfback Piri Weepu is expected to line up in Wellington colours tomorrow at the national sevens tournament in Queenstown.
The Otago side will be looking to go at least one better than last year at the national sevens tournament in Queenstown this weekend.
Explosive Highlanders winger Fetu'u Vainikolo will be on light duties over the next couple of weeks as he recovers from a slight hamstring tear.
It is only a few days into the new year and summer is well entrenched but the rugby ball is never too far away.
Jason Shoemark has played for three provinces and two franchises, and had the chance to play rugby league last year.
For the second time in three years, the Otago University Squash Club has been named the best squash club in the country.
The Highlanders will be wearing away colours in every away game next season, even if the teams they are playing against are not wearing colour-clashing jerseys.
The Highlanders started their 2009 campaign yesterday with coach Glenn Moore saying the next three weeks would be about the squad "putting money in the bank".
Otago Golf Club professional Shelly Duncan coached the New Zealand side to victory at the Aaron Baddeley International Junior championships in China over the weekend.
A Dunedin club is questioning the reappointment of Steve Martin as Otago coach while another is wondering what direction Otago rugby is taking.