Southern has made a winning start to its campaign against Harbour, and Kaikorai blew away Zingari-Richmond.
Pirates chairwoman Jess Tuhega believes the club needs "money and people" to make a return to the premier grade.
Welcome back to another year of REAL rugby, writes Paul Dwyer.
Harbour will contest the premier grade this season, despite concerns being raised about its eligibility.
The Pirates Rugby Club has announced that it will not field a team in the premier grade this season.
After a totally forgettable 2016 season, Pirates is already making plans for next season and has named a new premier coach.
Zingari-Richmond and Harbour will go it alone next year.
Former Taieri Eels rugby player Josh Larsen is looking forward to pulling on the Cambridge blue jersey of Northland after being selected in its national provincial championship Mitre 10 Cup squad for 2016.
Kaikorai beat Dunedin 29-22 to win the premier competition for the first time since 1997.
Beaten but not broken.
Forget the hand of God - Kaikorai had the hand of Jayden Spence.
Dunedin and Kaikorai leaned on completely different game plans to get them through to today's premier final at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
It has been a tumultuous season. Pirates ran out of front-rowers, Zingari-Richmond got smashed 137-0 and Taieri has defaulted tomorrow's game. So is premier rugby in need of change? Club rugby writer Adrian Seconi tosses around a few ideas.
ODT rugby columnist Paul Dwyer speaks with Dunedin's Jack O Dea and Kaikorai's Mike Dougherty ahead of the Dunedin club rugby final this weekend.
Jayden Spence was torn about joining French club Bordeaux for a second stint.
Did not see that coming.
Dunedin and Kaikorai will contest next week's Dunedin Premier Club Rugby final, after claiming upset wins in their semifinals at University Oval today.
Kaikorai has kept its playoff prospects alive with a crucial 30-27 win against Taieri at Peter Johnstone Park today.
Kaikorai shocked University A to win 22-10 at Bishopscourt today and clinch a place in the semifinal in Dunedin Premier Club Rugby.
The premier competition just might be a bit closer than anticipated.