Former All Blacks captain Kieran Read has revealed that he is keen to play in the Mitre 10 Cup.
Southland is one of four provincial unions that may be forced to pull out of this year's Mitre 10 Cup competition, while Otago is also understood to be "on the fence".
Otago has been handed a tough draw for the Mitre 10 Cup this season although it has a Ranfurly Shield challenge.
Otago has signed more players for the Mitre 10 Cup season, welcoming back its captain and one of its form players from last year.
Current assistants Reuben Thorne and Mark Brown will take over the Canterbury head coach role from Joe Maddock.
Departing Southland coach Dave Hewett believes Southland has turned the corner but everyone has to go in the right direction if the union is to progress.
Otago has made plenty of changes as it looks ahead but there is one intriguing selection in its side to take on Northland tomorrow.
Canterbury fullback Josh McKay is making a real play to fill the shoes of the Highlanders co-captain.
Auckland has kept their top four chances alive in the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership by thrashing Southland 64-7 at Eden Park this afternoon.
He is the star winger, the flying fullback, the fill-in first five-eighth - he is everywhere the ball is.