Former Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has gone back to the grass-roots, but is soon to return to the international game.
As coaches and players get ready to head back to Japan, one big advantage of playing in the country has been taken away.
Cancer survivor and World Cup winner, the curtain has fallen on Aaron Cruden's time in New Zealand rugby, with the former All Black left out of the Chiefs final Super Rugby Aotearoa match of the season.
The Highlanders have made just one change to their team to take on the Crusaders on Sunday in Christchurch.
It is going to be tough for the Highlanders to win on Sunday against the Crusaders, but the side is not going to hoist the white flag.
Woodlands, Marist, Pirates Old Boys and Star are all still in contention for the Galbraith Shield final heading into the last round of matches tomorrow.
The pace-setting Cromwell Goats team is chasing perfection when it takes on Maniototo in the Central Otago premier club championship at Anderson Park tomorrow.
Southern just about wrapped up a top six spot with a hard fought victory over the winless Spannerheads, who languish on two points with three to play — they are consigned to the bottom two in a season that promised so much.
Beauden Barrett is back wearing the No10 jersey for the Blues but Richie Mo'unga's showdown with Josh Ioane on Sunday might give a more informative assessment of the All Blacks' depth at first five.
Paul chats to Varsity co-captain Jack McHugh and George Witana from Dunedin about the season and their upcoming face-off this weekend.
Pita Gus Sowakula might be playing in a losing team, but the 25-year-old Chiefs No8 is stamping his mark on Super Rugby and has his eyes on an All Blacks prize.