The Rugby World Cup is less than 10 days away. The Otago Daily Times will examine the 20 teams taking part in the tournament in Japan. Steve Hepburn looks at pool A.
The Highlanders are confident of having Tony Brown on board for the full season, irrespective of what happens in the All Blacks coaching ranks.
The Highlanders will get a week off at the start and in the middle as Super Rugby kicks off in January next year.
Otago in 2017, Highlanders last year, All Blacks this season. What can Josh Ioane do next season after a whirlwind couple of years?
It might not have been the result they were looking for but Southern players Blair Tarrant and Kane Russell will look back at the just completed transtasman series with some fondness.
Electric Otago winger Jona Nareki is making every post a winning one, racking up a try in nearly every game in the blue and gold jersey.
The Otago Spirit put a statement on the board in its opening game of the season with a convincing victory over Taranaki Whio yesterday.
He may be oozing natural talent and picking up tries left, right and centre but Otago winger Jona Nareki is putting his good form down to hard work.
Otago was not prepared to gamble on getting Josh Ioane back for tomorrow's Ranfurly Shield defence against Taranaki.
Riding on the back of a dominant scrum, North Otago beat Wairarapa-Bush 25-11 at Forsyth Barr Stadium last night.
Highlanders lock Jackson Hemopo says he is disappointed to miss All Black selection but he is moving on to his next chapter.