The quarterfinals of the World Cup are upon us and that means 12 teams are heading home. The Otago Daily Times looks at the jettisoned teams.
Waisake Naholo is off to play overseas. It would be fair to say he left with a whimper rather than a bang. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn wonders where and how it all went wrong over the past 12 months...
The blue and golds - both the men's and women's sides - have plenty of incentive to win this weekend.
Otago has lost the Ranfurly Shield but is still using its experience with the log o' wood for the crunch part of the season.
The All Blacks have attempted to mitigate against the potential physical fallout brought by the cancellation of their pool game against Italy.
In the end, the marriage which started in 1996 could not be broken. In fact, neither party opened the door to any other suitor.
Ireland have been dealt a major blow ahead of Saturday's Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against the All Blacks.
Japan coach Jamie Joseph said his side's thrilling, speedy brand of rugby is down to their intensive preparation and their trust in the gameplan.
Japan produced a scintillating display of attacking rugby to beat Scotland 28-21 and reach the quarter-finals for the first time, lifting the nation still reeling from the deadly impact of Typhoon Hagibis.
Otago coach Ben Herring is putting his side on the front foot and says he is confident it can go to Hawke's Bay next weekend and do the business.
Otago limped into the playoffs after suffering an embarrassing 40-10 thrashing at the hands of Northland.
Ireland played with 14 men for 50 minutes but still eased into the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with a seven-try demolition of ragged Samoa.
Scotland's crucial clash against Japan will go ahead, while Canada and Namibia's Rugby World Cup dreams are over.