Wanaka athlete Braden Currie is just days away from lining up in the toughest race in what he has described with its deepest ever field.
The Ranfurly Shield has departed but its stay helped shine light on the game in the province even if it did not boost the bank balance of the Otago union.
Otago coach Ben Herring has paid tribute to his side after another Ranfurly Shield triumph yesterday afternoon.
Otago was a runaway winner over North Harbour at Forsyth Barr Stadium yesterday but tougher tests await.
Jamie Joseph's an ambitious man - always has been and always will be. And he's made his case to be the next All Black coach after Japan's glorious win over Ireland at the Rugby World Cup.
A comprehensive study of injuries in the 15-a-side game has shown most injuries are damage to soft tissue while concussions may be underreported because of a fear of missing games.
Waikato should bring plenty of confidence and some positive history with it when it takes on Otago in a Ranfurly Shield match on Sunday.
Otago has won more than half its games this season but it may well have to win another one to get into the playoffs.
Otago has two huge Ranfurly Shield defences on the agenda and has moved on quickly from bagging an important win on Saturday night.
Great win by the All Blacks and for the game's sake, let's hope the boys in black go on to win the big show, writes Steve Hepburn