Highlanders lock Manaaki Selby-Rickit has been convicted over an assault which left the victim with a fractured jaw.
The Highlanders may have had plenty of experience leaving, but that does not necessarily lead to a season of woe ahead.
Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger is not looking back. He says everything is being projected forward as his new squad takes shape for next season.
The Highlanders have brought in some new talent, raided the Chiefs for some tight forwards and will be looking to some exciting outside backs to score the tries.
There's a batch of new faces in the Highlanders for next year as the Super Rugby franchise starts a new era.
Former Highlanders and All Black winger Waisake Naholo has made a great start to his new career in England.
Otago and Highlanders prop Aki Seiuli has arrived in Glasgow in the latest stage of his career, joining an ever-growing list of Otago players heading offshore.
Wales coach Warren Gatland has recruited his son - Highlanders first-five Bryn Gatland - to help them prepare for their crunch World Cup semi-final with South Africa.
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...
Canterbury fullback Josh McKay is making a real play to fill the shoes of the Highlanders co-captain.
The Highlanders will get a week off at the start and in the middle as Super Rugby kicks off in January next year.
The Highlanders are confident of having Tony Brown on board for the full season, irrespective of what happens in the All Blacks coaching ranks.
Highlanders lock Jackson Hemopo says he is disappointed to miss All Black selection but he is moving on to his next chapter.
Manawatu coach Peter Russell has fond memories of Dunedin and he hopes to add to them on Friday night.