Will Jordan is in doubt for the All Blacks second test against the Springboks at Ellis Park this weekend due to a stomach bug.
The Otago Spirit took a while to get to New Plymouth and took a while to get going against Taranaki.
An outrageous stoppage-time try by flanker Max Pennell gave Otago Country a 26-22 win over Southland Country at the Gore Showgrounds on Saturday.
England have poked their nose ahead of the All Blacks in the world rugby rankings, in which beleaguered Ian Foster's side are now lying fifth.
In a one-sided defeat to the Springboks where their attack failed display any form of fluency, they were dominated at the breakdown and struggled to defuse the aerial bombardment, All Blacks coach...
In their defining hour, their day of reckoning, the All Blacks barely fired a shot, going down to South Africa 26-10.
Otago have been beaten by Counties-Manukau in a last-gasp thriller in their opening NPC match in Pukekohe today.
North Otago's opening pre-season game against King Country in Taupo today will double as a trial for a trio of keen Dunedin club rugby players.
Otago gets its NPC campaign under way against Counties-Manukau this afternoon and there is reason to feel optimistic about the team’s prospects this season, writes reporter Adrian Seconi.
The way Otago Spirit lock Julia Gorinski explains it you would think she reached 50 games for her province by accident.
Caleb Clarke will return for the All Blacks this weekend, taking his place on the wing for the first test against the Springboks at Mbombela Stadium.
Teenager loose forward Oliver Haig and former Wellington halfback Kemara Hauiti-Parapara will make their debut for Otago in the opening round of the NPC against Counties-Manukau this weekend.
Southland coach Dale MacLeod did not hold back when asked for his thoughts about the new format for the NPC this season.