Reds prop and former Wallabies skipper James Slipper has been stood down from all forms of rugby after twice testing positive for cocaine this season.
The Highlanders' depth is set to be tested on Saturday.
Injured All Blacks hooker Dane Coles has all but ruled himself out of the Rugby Championship.
Karl Tu'inukuafe's journey to the rugby apex has been longer and more arduous than most.
Blues hooker James Parsons has refuted a Sanzaar statement that he received an apology from Owen Franks.
The South's two secondary school rugby giants have battled to a stalemate.
Southland club rugby's image has been dealt a blow with one of the province's marquee clubs forced to default a premier fixture on Saturday.
Otago second five-eighth Kilistina Moata'ane became part of rugby history when she became one of the first 28 female 15-a-side players professionally contracted in New Zealand yesterday.
An intense battle ended in a stalemate at Littlebourne today.
Highlanders first five Lima Sopoaga is amazed Quade Cooper is playing "park footy" on a big contract but can understand the attitude of Reds coach Brad Thorn.
Skipper Fiao'o Faamausili has put her retirement on hold with the naming of 28 of New Zealand's top female rugby players becoming the first-ever 15s players to be offered Black Ferns contracts.
Often it is not until you leave somewhere that you realise how great it has been.
The Highlanders are not letting the Tasman Sea get in the way of preparations for this weekend's match.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has concerns about his squad's discipline ahead of the France tests, saying suspended props Joe Moody and Owen Franks needed to give themselves a "wee uppercut".
The Sanzaar foul play committee hearing for Highlanders winger Tevita Nabura will take place today, having been put off due to the player flying back to New Zealand.
Crusaders prop Owen Franks has copped a two-week ban for his head-high tackle on Blues hooker James Parsons.
The intrigue around the All Blacks outside backs isn't going to let up even though the make-up of the personnel is known for the June series.
Has there ever been a stranger sight in Southland club rugby than David Hall donning the No11 jersey?
While much of the focus has been on the juggernaut that is Midlands this season, out eastern Southland way there is a club that is quietly going about its business in impressive fashion.
Where is the dunny?