Former All Black Sione Lauaki has been farewelled by hundreds of family, friends, fans and rugby dignitaries in Auckland.
Dan Carter is back in the country after being caught by French police drink-driving in Paris this week.
Highlanders coach Tony Brown says the team’s win over the Waratahs on Thursday was an ideal pre-season hit-out for his side but it could have done without the injury to No 8 Luke Whitelock.
Otago loose forward Lee Allan has hung up his boots, deciding to give the game away due to concussion.
Former All Black Dan Carter has apologised for drink-driving, saying he made a "massive error of judgment".
There are still tickets left for the match between the British and Irish Lions and the Highlanders but up the road they have all gone.
With the two Smiths locked in, along with Lima Sopoaga and Elliot Dixon, attention now switches to securing the likes of Malakai Fekitoa and Waisake Naholo for the Highlanders.
The attack went well — now it appears the defence coaches need to earn their keep.
The Highlanders are unlikely to use all of their All Blacks for the opening game of the Super rugby season.
The Highlanders have rolled out their stable of All Blacks for the Super Rugby trial against the Waratahs in Sydney tomorrow.
Otago flanker James Lentjes looks set to start for the Highlanders this season as he takes his game to a new level.
Cricket has done it and now rugby is following suit.
Queenstown businessman Kelvin Collins is stepping away from board duties with the Otago Rugby Football Union.
English side Bristol Rugby have announced the signing of All Blacks and Blues back rower Steven Luatua.
COMMENT: The careers of Israel Dagg and Ben Smith have always been intertwined.
Israel Dagg has re-signed with New Zealand Rugby.
Hurricanes playmaker Jordie Barrett drilled a sideline conversion to eliminate the Highlanders 7-5 in the quarterfinal at the Brisbane Tens yesterday.
Hurricanes playmaker Jordie Barrett drilled a sideline conversion to eliminate the Highlanders 7-5 in the quarter final at the Brisbane Tens yesterday.
No Australian teams are left in the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens after the Queensland Reds and Western Force crashed out of the quarter-finals.