The Otago Daily Times continues its look through the pools in the World Cup with a look at pool C, the "pool of death". Steve Hepburn rates the contenders.
It's the new age Rugby World Cup which poses one of the sport's oldest questions - will a good big man beat a good little man?
Otago won its final game at the national under-19 tournament on Saturday but it was a case of what might have been.
North Otago went to the top of the Heartland Championship after a last-minute penalty from Robbie Smith gave the side a 22-21 win over Thames Valley in Oamaru on Saturday.
The sun did come up in Southland yesterday, but there was still a fog of disappointment hanging over the province's rugby team.
The Otago Spirit has nearly brought up a century of points in its first two games after a convincing 40-7 win over Northland in Whangarei on Saturday.
Otago put on a poor defensive display to be soundly beaten 54-24 by Wellington in a Mitre 10 Cup match in the capital.
Former Wales captain Gareth Thomas has revealed he is HIV positive and appealed for support to "break the stigma" around the condition.
The All Blacks have shot down speculation surrounding Sonny Bill Williams' availability for the Rugby World Cup, after one commentator suggested that Ngani Laumape is set to replace him in Japan.
Southland blew their halftime lead to sink to a 31-26 defeat to Manawatu - extending their three-year losing streak.
It does not take a rocket scientist to know more Super Rugby players in a provincial side will lead to success.
After a whirlwind and rugged effort last weekend, Otago has proceeded with caution for tomorrow afternoon's match against Wellington.
The World Cup starts next Friday. In our look at the 20 teams involved, Adrian Seconi examines four of the five teams in Pool B.
It will be quite an occasion for North Otago when it meets 2018 Meads Cup winner Thames Valley today, in its first home game for the Heartland Championship.
Rugby writer Steve Hepburn's signed up for Spark Sport’s tournament pass and is walking the tightrope until next Friday when the coverage of the World Cup begins.