For some 13 is an unlucky number – but that’s how many times Kevin Lundon hopes to have seen Canterbury claim the Ranfurly Shield after his trip to Dunedin on Saturday.
Southland Rugby has began an advertising campaign seeking coaching applications for the 2020 season.
Otago has won more than half its games this season but it may well have to win another one to get into the playoffs.
Southland has a full casualty ward while Otago has been forced to change every position in its forward pack this week.
The sun did come up in Southland yesterday, but there was still a fog of disappointment hanging over the province's rugby team.
Otago put on a poor defensive display to be soundly beaten 54-24 by Wellington in a Mitre 10 Cup match in the capital.
Southland blew their halftime lead to sink to a 31-26 defeat to Manawatu - extending their three-year losing streak.
It does not take a rocket scientist to know more Super Rugby players in a provincial side will lead to success.
After a whirlwind and rugged effort last weekend, Otago has proceeded with caution for tomorrow afternoon's match against Wellington.