All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has plenty of confidence in his greenhorns - and knows the players are physically right, though the onus will be on the mental side of the game.
Shannon Frizell has come from seemingly nowhere to start for the All Blacks. But he is not the first player to be plucked out of obscurity to play for the national side. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn...
All Black assistant coach Ian Foster says there is no such thing as a dead rubber.
The holiday plans have been shelved as Sonny Bill Williams looks forward to getting back into the black jersey.
As Julian Savea heads off to France, one of his best mates has paid tribute to the Big Bus.
Palmerston rider Courtney Duncan will return home next month with a comfortable lead in the women's motocross world championship.
It is a simple game - when one ignores the scoreboard or what is happening on the other side of the paddock.
Ben Smith, who has actually played more tests than games for his Green Island club, is thrilled that his clubmate Jackson Hemopo has made the All Blacks squad.
Dunstan High School lost yet won, while St Kevin’s College won but came up just short in the final day of pool play in the Otago Premier Schools competition on Saturday.
The rise continues for Highlanders lock Jackson Hemopo.
King's High School first XV and Dunstan High School cemented their places in the top six after the end of pool play in the Otago premier schools competition today.
Southern won a tight game against Taieri in Dunedin club rugby today.
Sky Sport commentator Grant Nisbett will call his 300th test tonight when the All Blacks take on France. He talks to rugby writer Steve Hepburn about his job and how quickly the time has gone.
Is it the weather?
The test is seven days away and Dunedin could be about to be put to shame.
By the time you read this, the World Cup will have started - with potentially the worst game of the tournament.
There was a heavy Otago presence at the inaugural Black Ferns capping ceremony over the weekend.
The Highlanders will have plenty of Friday-night action in next year's Super Rugby competition.
As the the draw comes out for next season's Super Rugby competition, thoughts turn to who is going to line up for the Highlanders.
The All Blacks are about to roll out for another year. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn asks a few questions and seeks a few answers.