Auckland has named a powerful loose forward trio for its match against Otago tomorrow night.
Tom Rowe was a power forward in his round ball days.
The All Blacks have finished their home test season of 2017. So how did it go? There was plenty of good mixed with the bad. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn has a look back.
There is constant discussion about moving the provincial competition to one division but it is a case of trying to squeeze something too big into something too small.
Otago B ended its campaign with a tight 31-29 loss to Canterbury B at Logan Park on Saturday.
Lima Sopoaga looks set to start for the All Blacks against Argentina in two weeks time, with a number of big names left out of the squad heading to South America.
Otago is about to enter its tough period and it has casualties but will be buoyed by the depth in its squad.
If one thing North Otago rugby has is consistency, the closeness of its games in Heartland Rugby has caused a rapid rise in the blood pressure of its loyal supporters.
Otago Country has wrapped up its season with a hard-fought 22-20 win over a more fancied Canterbury Country side in Balclutha.
For the first time in three years the Otago Spirit has won back-to-back games.
The hooter did not actually give a hoot — well, not at the right time anyway.
Tyrel Lomax had a flying trip to Dunedin on Saturday but he is about to become very familiar with the South.
Scans seem to show troublesome knee injury will keep him out for the rest of the season.
Criticising the Springboks after their 57-0 humiliation by New Zealand ''is like clubbing a baby seal'', former South Africa coach Nick Mallett says.
All Black lock Brodie Retallick only briefly considered tackling the streaker who invaded the pitch during the All Blacks' 57-0 win over the Springboks last night.
The Wallabies delivered a rousing second half against Argentina to secure their first win of the Rugby Championship last night.
New Zealand produced their best performance for some time in their 57-0 rout of South Africa, but coach Steve Hansen says they still have plenty to work on.
This All Blacks team is certainly on to something. They'd hinted as much in the last few weeks but for the first time this year, they delivered the package they were after.
Otago lost a physical and at sometime ill-tempered battle against Tasman at Forsyth Barr Stadium this afternoon.
The 94th test match between traditional foes New Zealand and South Africa will take place tonight at North Harbour's QBE Stadium to kick off the fourth round of the 2017 Rugby Championship.