Chiefs, Bay of Plenty and Māori All Blacks back Sean Wainui (25) has died in a car crash in Omanawa, near Tauranga, this morning.
The Carisbrook Bush Pigs are through to the final of the New Zealand Barbarians Under 85kg Club Cup after posting a 22-10 win over the Avalon Wolves in Wellington on Saturday.
If tomorrow goes well the buffer the Otago Whalers have earned will be irrelevant. If it does not, at least it is there to fall back on.
A strong start has helped Otago snap its three-match NPC losing streak, with a 24-13 win over Northland in Rotorua.
Experienced Pirates and Otago Spirit player Kilisitina Moata’ane and Green Island and Otago second five Ray Nu’u have taken top honours in club rugby awards.
You could not argue with Southland’s commitment and defensive willingness but there was a depressing familiarity to its game against Manawatu in Invercargill yesterday.
Nail-biter. That is the only way to describe how North Otago held on by the skin of its teeth to beat Poverty Bay 12-10 in Oamaru on Saturday.
Canada failed to qualify for the Rugby World Cup for the first time after being beaten 33-24 by Chile, while Uruguay clinched their place after overturning a three-point first-leg deficit against the US.