The stage was set, and Waikato understood the assignment. A return home to host the final after weeks outside of Hamilton in the union's 100th season and with the Farah Palmer Cup already locked away, it was the perfect finish.
The Black Ferns have been left with a lot of work ahead of their home World Cup next year after ending their Northern tour winless today.
Aaron Smith has been thrust into the starting side for his first test in three months as the All Blacks inject seven changes for their final match of the year in Paris.
Meet Wilson Driver — the pint-sized Southern halfback who has reinvented himself as a burly loose forward for the Carisbrook Bush Pigs.
Highlanders assistant coach Clarke Dermody let out a little chuckle when asked whether he felt the Super Rugby Pacific draw was fair.
As Otago prepares to face Taranaki in the NPC Championship final in Inglewood on Saturday, Jeff Cheshire looks at some keys to victory for the men in blue and gold.
Beauden Barrett is a major doubt for the All Blacks' international series finale against France in Paris on Saturday, as he works his way through concussion protocols following the 29-20 loss to Ireland
This will be the 10th time Otago has appeared in an NPC final. Its record is ... well, what does the past really mean? Sports editor Hayden Meikle looks over Otago’s efforts in previous finals.
North Otago didn't manage to retain the Meads Cup but still had a decent season in the Heartland Championship, and maintained NZ rugby’s longest playoff streak. Hayden Meikle assesses the Old Golds’ efforts.
For the first time since 2004, an All Blacks player is missing from the nominations for World Rugby's Player of the Year award.
The Highlanders have welcomed the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific draw, which sees the southern franchise take on the Crusaders in their first match of the tournament.