Star forward Taulupe Faletau will be among four players missing when if Wales host the All Blacks in October.
Blues prop Alex Hodgman will get three weeks to think about his ugly tackle at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Friday night.
A move to Japan usually involves players nearing the end of their careers, players who have reached the pinnacle and coming down the other side.
Harbour trailed University 47-12 before it had hauled the anchor all the way in at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday.
Last season’s Citizens Shield winners Valley had to repel a strong attack from last season’s bottom team Athletic Marist on Saturday.
Unbeaten Heriot emerged as a Southern Region contender after an impressive 35-21 win over Crescent in Tapanui on Saturday.
Marist made a great start to its season, beating defending champion Woodlands 27-22 in the Southland club competition on Saturday.
Four victories in a row for the resurgent Chiefs, and with it a real chance at storming into the Super Rugby Aotearoa final. They beat the Crusaders 26-25 in a thriller in Hamilton last night.
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University opened up a massive 47-12 lead against an ill-disciplined Harbour side at Forsyth Barr Stadium this afternoon.
Highlanders co-captain Ash Dixon believes his side has a chance to make the final of the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition.
What do you get if you have a turbocharged Tongan, an energetic Maori from Christchurch and a Japanese tackling and running machine?
The Highlanders have beaten the Blues 35-29 at Forsyth Barr Stadium tonight, with a rugged physical display.