Otago's first defence of the Ranfurly Shield will take place in Wanaka against Thames Valley.
Prop Donald Brighouse has gone to Coventry as Otago front rowers spread themselves around the world.
There were plenty of teams lining up to have a crack at the Ranfurly Shield this season but Otago is limiting itself to just the two mandatory pre-season challenges.
John Haggart played 119 games for Otago, finishing with the blue and golds when the side won the national provincial championship in 1991. Since then he has been all around the world. He catches up with Rugby writer Steve Hepburn.
As more opportunities arrive for players, Otago coach Ben Herring believes it is fantastic that some have the chance to become professional players for 12 months of the year.
The North Otago Rugby Football Union has lost three of the four members of its board although the union says nothing is amiss.
Was Otago’s season one of achievement or one of disappointment? Rugby writer Steve Hepburn picks over the carcass and gives his take.
The Otago union wants to host Southland next year in its first home game of the Mitre 10 Cup which will also double as a Ranfurly Shield challenge.
Otago should look back on its season with plenty of satisfaction but that does not make the pain of last night’s loss any better.
Perhaps it was just one game too many. After heroic wins the past two weeks, Otago were comprehensively beaten by Waikato in tonight's Mitre 10 Cup Championship final in Hamilton.
Join us from 7.20pm for live updates of Otago's Mitre 10 Cup Championship final against Waikato in Hamilton.
Otago has brought back a couple of its most experienced players into the starting line-up for the big dance tomorrow night.
Otago will be hoping it is third time lucky when it takes to the field in the Mitre 10 Cup championship final against Waikato in Hamilton on Friday night.