The All Blacks Sevens hadn't won the New Zealand leg of the World Sevens Series in the two years it had been in Hamilton.
There are some intriguing selections in the Highlanders side which takes on the Crusaders in Wanaka tonight.
The highlands of Otago are (almost) ready and waiting for the arrival of the Highlanders for their pre-season match against the Crusaders on Friday.
One of the leading attacking coaches in the world is urging officials to rule by the letter of the law.
Teams will not be penalised on the field under a new trial law concerning tackles in the Super Rugby competition.
With Super Rugby starting at the end of the month, plenty of questions will be raised over the coming weeks as the teams grow accustomed to playing on hard, dry surfaces in the heat of summer.
When Adam Thomson was struck down by a spinal infection in late 2017, he had no guarantee that his life would ever go back to how it was.
Warren Gatland has confirmed his plans for Damian McKenzie in this year's Chiefs campaign, handing the returning All Black the No 15 jersey for their pre-season match against the Blues.