Close encounters have been part of North Otago's recent history.
Southland has joined the club and opted for dual playmakers for its match against Hawke's Bay in Napier tomorrow.
Otago Country has finished its representative campaign with a gritty 28-24 win over South Canterbury A, overcoming being down to 12 men at one stage.
The Mid Canterbury Development XV had too much pace out wide in the main game at Whitestone Contracting Stadium on Saturday, beating North Otago development 34-26.
The Otago Country Premiers continue their representative season this weekend, with another almighty tussle planned for Ranfurly.
North Otago will take on Otago Country in a match which will attract interest on both sides this afternoon.
The Otago Country Premier team has defended the Tri-Series Trophy. It claimed a pleasing 32-24 win over Southland Country at the Tuatapere Domain on Saturday.
The South Canterbury Development XV outplayed the North Otago Development side 13-3 in wet, cold conditions at Whitestone Contracting Stadium in Oamaru on Saturday.
The Otago Country club season comes to an end this weekend with the Countrywide final taking place in Arrowtown tomorrow.
North Otago coaches Jason Forrest and Nick Anderson have named a 32-player Heartland Championship squad.
A large crowd converged on the central Southland settlement of Centre Bush on Saturday for a rugby extravaganza hosted by the Limehills club.
The Clutha Steamers have won their fifth consecutive Southern Region title with a 34-28 win over Crescent at the Balclutha Showgrounds on Saturday.
All roads will lead to Limehills tomorrow as top Southland players converge on the central Southland plains.
The Southern Region competition comes to an end tomorrow and it is old foes Clutha and Crescent contesting the chocolates yet again.