Highlanders fullback Ben Smith will not play for the franchise against the British and Irish Lions.
Based on recent history, two things are certain when the Chiefs meet the Blues tonight - there will be 80 minutes of vicious collisions and, in the end, the Chiefs will win.
Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell has been appointed as the new executive of rugby for South Africa's Bulls.
Maniototo heads to Arrowtown tomorrow with a bit of fire in the belly, hoping to avenge the loss it suffered in the first game of the season.
Some teams will be looking for redemption and to right the wrongs of the first round when the second round of games get under way tomorrow while others will want to carry the momentum forward.
Simon Knight should bring up his 100th premier game for Southern tomorrow, but his partner is expecting their first child on Sunday.
Paul Dwyer gives his weekly take on the club rugby scene.
A return home with the skipper back in the side — the Highlanders all of a sudden have plenty of selection options to take on the Waratahs tomorrow night.
There are not many athletes around busier than Soraya Umaga-Jensen.
Ben Smith will play his 127th game for the Highlanders on Saturday, equalling the mark set by former captain Anton Oliver.
The All Blacks have won the 2017 edition of Spain's prestigious Princess of Asturias Award for Sport.
Next Saturday Sam Anderson-Heather will be packing down against the British and Irish Lions.
Southland Boys' High School produced some tenacious defence to hold on for a tense 13-12 victory against rival Otago Boys' High School in Invercargill yesterday.
The possibility of extra stadium security during the Lions rugby tour will be discussed in coming days, Prime Minister Bill English says.
This week, Paul Dwyer talks with Southern's Simon Knight.
The Waratahs say the conditions in Dunedin will suit their style of play as they take on the Highlanders on Saturday.
Blues first five-eighth Piers Francis has been cleared to face the Chiefs on Friday night despite suffering being knocked unconscious in the weekend's defeat to the Stormers.
Warren Whiteley has been confirmed as the new captain of the Springboks.
All Blacks captain Kieran Read has re-signed with New Zealand Rugby until 2019 and will have a new provincial team.
He is back to being a happy hooker but for a time there Ash Dixon admits he did not know what the future held.