Otago has been boosted by the inclusion of top sevens player Alena Saili for the national tournament in Tauranga this weekend.
No-one can begrudge Ben Smith his decision to go to France.
History was made last night when Kendra Cocksedge was named New Zealand player of the year.
Ben Smith is the first Highlander to say he is leaving after next year. He will not be the last.
It could not last forever.
A club rugby administrator says there could be just six clubs left in the Dunedin premier competition in a few years and overseas clubs are eyeing up local players.
North Otago will start its hunt for a new coach in the new year.
The New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame is looking for a doubling in funds from central government.
Roxburgh rugby is heading south and is confident it will have the numbers to put a side on the paddock next year.
There will be southern connections, past and present, all over the park and in the stand when the Top Japan league final is played in Tokyo this weekend.
Amateur sport clubs are facing increasing time and membership pressures yet less than 15% of them have a paid administrator.
For only the second time in nearly two decades, Otago has had three players turning out in black on the sevens circuit.
Get out of the penthouse and over to the outhouse.
The Otago Sparks finished a distant second in both games played at the University of Otago Oval over the weekend.
Albion put up a competitive total at Bishopscourt but could not get the better of North East Valley on a wet day.
It was uncharted territory for touch in Otago as Columba College became the first school in the region to win a national touch title.
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Central Otago is set to move to a 10-team club competition next year with two clubs to field two sides.