Every side in any sporting contest wants a win.
All 26 provincial unions have reaffirmed their support for the Silver Lake deal, saying a public offering had been looked at but was rejected.
Otago will get first crack at the Ranfurly Shield this season as it looks to win the log o’ wood for the fourth time in a decade.
For a side which has achieved very little and was kicked out of the competition four years ago, the Force has the wood on the Highlanders.
Discarded Highlanders prop Josh Iosefa-Scott has landed a dream move to European and English champion Exeter Chiefs.
The future of racing in New Zealand will be revealed tomorrow.
Fiji has been bagged, now it is fingers crossed for the world champion Springboks to be hooked.
If all goes well, Liam Coltman will become the Highlanders’ most capped hooker this season.
Highlanders loose forward Shannon Frizell is to travel to Perth for the match against the Force and will be a welcome addition to the side.
Test rugby will return to Dunedin in July when the All Blacks take on Fiji.
The Steel got itself back into the positives with an all-the-way win over the Pulse in Porirua yesterday.
The Highlanders will head to Perth tomorrow knowing it will be anything but easy to beat the Western Force.
Upper Clutha left it to the last kick of the game to beat Arrowtown on Saturday.
The Highlanders will head to Perth on Tuesday knowing they have started the Trans-Tasman competition as well as they could.
Nearly a generation after she first picked up a squash racket in Roxburgh, Alana Kairaoi is back in the town.
All Black prop Owen Franks will head to the capital to continue his distinguished career next year after signing for the Hurricanes.
Otago's head trainer has headed to the United States to mix playing — for a side under Otago’s assistant coach — and upskilling off the field.
One down, four to go. The Highlanders beat the Reds 40-19 at Forsyth Barr Stadium last night, winning the first game of the new Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competition.
It wasn't luck. It wasn't good timing. It didn't happen overnight. It wasn't even the bounce of the ball. It just came down to good old-fashioned hard work.
The Australian teams have been buoyed by playing among themselves but the real test comes with the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competition. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn looks at the five teams.