When Adam Thomson was struck down by a spinal infection in late 2017, he had no guarantee that his life would ever go back to how it was.
Otago rugby has reported an increase in players from last year and it is driven by more adult males playing the game.
Otago will play some top sides in its crossover matches in next year's provincial competition and a Ranfurly Shield challenge is among them.
A couple of players who did not play in their preferred positions picked up the major prizes at the Otago Rugby awards last night.
The world awaits - well, the United States in particular - for Ben Herring and his family and he admits he may not return to rugby coaching.
Otago has secured a home venue for the Championship final with a flawless effort in the semifinal against Tasman in Dunedin on Saturday.
Otago coach Ben Herring says there was not total despondence after his side's dramatic loss to Hawke's Bay in Napier on Saturday.
The Otago Spirit will host Hawke's Bay in the Championship final after it dispatched Tasman 64-10 at Forsyth Barr Stadium today.
Otago is coming for Hawke's Bay, coach Ben Herring says, and he believes the Magpies are vulnerable.
The Otago Spirit will be missing Black Ferns midfielder Kilisitina Moata'ane for its Championship semifinal against Tasman in Dunedin tomorrow.
The blue and golds - both the men's and women's sides - have plenty of incentive to win this weekend.