Country rugby is hoping to get under way next month as it looks to get back to some normality.
Otago and Southland are "100% fully committed" to this year’s Mitre 10 Cup.
Teams may get the go-ahead to train next week but the chances of having a talk in the changing room or a few refreshments afterwards appear remote.
In the end it was an easy decision for the Otago Nuggets to get back into the National League.
Some changes off the field paid dividends for the North Otago rugby team on the field last season.
Dunedin club rugby is due to start on July 4, with a big finals day planned on September 19.
It has been a rough couple of months for harness trainers in the South — and the future is not looking too rosy, either.
The Otago Nuggets are back in the national basketball league.
Leadnig trainer Michael Pitman had labelled the decision to cease racing at Waikouaiti as both ludicrous and ridiculous.
Money has already started flowing to Otago sporting clubs and organisations.
Chisholm Park Golf Club has laid off its greenkeepers as it looks to cut costs.
The Government’s spend of $265million on sport can not come soon enough for most organisations but there are strings attached.
The Waikouaiti Racing Club has been left scratching its head.
All Black Ben Smith says he won't be playing for the Highlanders this year, but is eyeing a start with his old club side, Green Island.
There is a chance for Ben Smith to join the Highlanders - but it is a long shot at best.
The draft New Zealand racing calendar has been released and clubs around the South reacted with a mixture of satisfaction and despair.
Nearly 50 meetings in the Dunedin region have been canned, and all racing will disappear from Forbury Park.
Sport Otago is looking at a return to the playing field in the middle of next month and is urging all involved to sign up to a contact-tracing system.
In a further blow to racing in the South, up to a dozen Trackside workers are set to be made redundant and no broadcasting crew will be stationed in the region.
The curtain may be about to come down on night trotting at Forbury Park.