The All Blacks need the best to succeed although it may be coming at the cost of the Highlanders.
Ryan Martin first started coaching with the West Taieri under-10 side.
There's a squeeze on and someone is going to have to miss out. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn looks at who is going to make the All Blacks for the World Cup. Today, he considers the midfield.
Otago under-19 will not lack for preparation when the side gets into its work tonight and when the serious stuff begins next week.
The Mitre 10 Cup kicks off this week and, as usual, there are some contenders and a few pretenders. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn looks at the 14 teams that will try to get to the big dance.
Highlanders boss Roger Clark says Invercargill has not been ruled out as a future host of Super Rugby games, but the franchise wanted flexibility in staging games.
It is hard to miss Louis Conradie - at 2.04m he stands out in the crowd.
Otago first five-eighth Josh Ioane is fine and could play this weekend - but he will not.
Rugby writer Steve Hepburn picks those who will head away to Japan and those who will stay at home. Today, he looks at the outside backs.
It was a bronze-ridden weekend for the Greene sisters.
Caversham put it all out there but came up short in its Chatham Cup quarterfinal at Hancock Park on Saturday.
King's High School won a close one over John McGlashan College in the Otago premier schools competition today.
Otago finished a distant second to a stacked Tasman side in Nelson last night.
The result will be very much secondary when Otago takes on Tasman in a pre-season match in Nelson tonight.
Shannon Frizell's on the outer, Liam Squire's just started playing and everyone's gone cold on Vaea Fifita. So who's going to fill the blindside flanker’s jersey for the All Blacks at the Rugby World Cup?
Otago is in a tight spot regarding Josh Ioane and his immediate future.
Adam Thomson just wanted to go out on his own terms.
The Mitre 10 Cup was launched yesterday in Auckland at an official function and will kick off in just over a week.
Police have charged a 27-year-old man with common assault after an incident in a rugby game in Middlemarch on Saturday.
Former All Black flanker Adam Thomson will link up with the Otago team today as the side looks to build for a provincial campaign which is less than two weeks away.