Ray Tatafu wanted to get as far away from Auckland as he could, so Invercargill was the preferred destination.
Otago coach Ben Herring said he had no hesitation in giving the captaincy to the returning Michael Collins for tomorrow's game against Manawatu.
Among the Southland Stags' swot for their crunch test tomorrow night, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has lumped the boys in maroon with two further head-scratching assignments.
Hooker Liam Coltman will be available to play for Otago this week but halfback Josh Renton is set for a significant stint on the sideline.
Southland Stags coach Dave Hewett has taken ownership of his team's lineout drive woes and now is excited about the prospect of arguably New Zealand rugby's toughest provincial challenge.
The Southland Stags forwards may well find themselves waking up in a cold sweat over the coming days with the powerful Hawke’s Bay lineout drive etched in their minds.
There was a mauling in Invercargill today, as Hawke's Bay overpowered Southland 31-10 in the Mitre 10 Cup.
Otago has been beaten in its opening game of the Mitre 10 Cup, losing 34-16 to Wellington this afternoon.
Ben Fotheringham is more excited than most about the prospect of running on to Rugby Park in Invercargill on Sunday with the Southland Stags.
Otago may have lost some talent from last year but it has named an experienced side to compete in the Mitre 10 Cup this season.
Former Samoa coach Alama Ieremia has been tasked with attempting to turn around the fortunes of New Zealand's largest provincial rugby union, Auckland, signing a three-year contract today.
Canterbury have continued their incredible dominance of the national provincial championship with a clearcut victory in the Premiership final over Tasman tonight.
The curtain comes down on the domestic season this weekend with the two finals of the Mitre 10 Cup. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn runs his eye over the two finals.
The four semifinals of the Mitre 10 Cup get under way tonight. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn looks at the chances of the eight teams.
Northland started the final round of the Mitre 10 Cup in second place in the Championship but could now drop as low as fifth after failing to pick up a bonus point in losing to Wellington 36-18 at...
Taranaki piled on an unanswered 19 points and retain the Ranfurly Shield in New Plymouth last night.