The Black Caps will be looking to continue with a bouncer barrage as the side heads to London to take on Bangladesh in the World Cup.
Highlanders hooker Ash Dixon is looking for a big two weeks.
A perky Liam Squire is ready to play his first game of the season.
The equation is simple for the Highlanders - get out and win, and win big, and then cross all appendages.
The Rugby World Cup kicks off in 140 odd days in Japan. Otago Daily Times rugby writer Steve Hepburn, who has short arms and deep pockets, won’t be there.
The Otago Rugby Football Union will get a board representative from the Otago Country area.
So Tony Brown is coming back to the Highlanders. That leads to the next question - what about Jamie Joseph?
High school sides will have every incentive to keep their mouths shut this season.
Matthew Holdridge has just ended 11 years as a board member and five years as chairman of Football South. He chats to sports editor Steve Hepburn about his time on the board and the state of...
The group behind the bid to get the Otago Nuggets up and running has taken the next step in getting back into the national league.
This is shaping up to be one of the most important weekends of the season for the Highlanders and they are not even playing.
Tony Brown is likely to be co-coach with Aaron Mauger next year as the Highlanders begin what they have described as a new era.
Promising Highlanders tighthead prop Tyrel Lomax may join the large group of players heading out the exit door at the end of the season.
With three rounds left in Super Rugby, the Crusaders have made the playoffs while the Reds and Sunwolves are out of the running. But which other teams are in with a decent shout of getting post-season action?
All three clubs from the southern premiership - Mosgiel, University and Caversham - are fully committed to the South Island league although they will have a fair wait to kick off in the competition.
The top echelon of refereeing is flush with numbers but down below things are not so rosy.
Football South continues to experience growing player numbers even though its top teams are proving a financial drain on the organisation.
The Highlanders have slipped out of a playoff position and are no longer in charge of their own destiny.
This one did not get away - the Highlanders never got anything on the hook.
The Highlanders have lost 34-22 to the Stormers in Cape Town and now face a tough road to the playoffs.