The Black Caps' hopes of reaching unprecedented heights have been washed away.
All Blacks loose forward Ardie Savea has re-signed with New Zealand Rugby until 2021 after turning his back on a lucrative move to Europe.
Otago is planning on bringing in some outside help for the twenty20 tournament but may have to wait a little longer.
Just days after Speeding Spur took on Australasia's toughest trot, his little sister will line up at Forbury Park.
It has not been an awful first half of the season for Southern United - but it has not been great either.
Jose Mourinho's relationship with Manchester United reached irretrievable breakdown a long time ago.
Otago Table Tennis has finished the year on a high, with a record 11 players being included in national squads for next year.
Angelo Mathews continued his role as saviour on Sri Lanka's tour of NZ as he and Kusal Mendis struck unbeaten hundreds to thwart the hosts' push for victory.
Otago is always going to find it hard in sevens because of its location and lack of games but more commitment is needed from both players and the union, Otago coaches say.
Adam Hall has wrapped up his 2018 competition season with a silver medal in slalom at the World Para Alpine Skiing Europa Cup .
There may have been empty seats and zero atmosphere at the new tournament in Tauranga, but the horse had bolted in getting the sevens back to Queenstown.
Cantabrian Tom Latham batted his way into the record books against Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve — and then kept going.