Last year it was powerful hooker Asafo Aumua who set the World Rugby under-20 championships alight.
Scott Manson is set to take charge of the Otago Spirit.
Otago has signed three players for the coming year but says it is still looking for local players to fill spots in the squad.
The Otago Rugby Football Union says all clubs are working hard to maintain players and volunteers.
Ideas ranging from a club of origin game to creating more sports hubs have been floated as a way to keep players engaged in rugby.
Otago rugby has thrown its support behind Ronald McDonald House Charities.
August 10 cannot come around quickly enough for Otago.
Dave Barnett laughs when people say he has the best seat in the house.
Otago has retained a couple of front rowers and a couple of backs for the upcoming Mitre 10 Cup season.
A lot has happened for lock Josh Larsen since he last played for Taieri.
In the heart of the Catlins, South Otago's smallest rugby club is celebrating a huge milestone.
Central Otago appears to be caught between a rock and a hard place as the region is booming at one end and just keeping its head above water at the other.
Otago's Ricky Jackson and Vilimoni Koroi have been named in the New Zealand under-20 team for next month's Oceania Rugby Championship in Australia.
Coryn Huddy has spent eight years as a key figure at Forsyth Barr Stadium - now he will manage one of the teams that plays at it.
Otago Boys' High School First XV coach Ryan Martin has made an important first step towards coaching professionally.
Dunedin will not host a test next year which will have an impact on the finances of the Otago Rugby Football Union.
Otago Boys' High School first XV coach Ryan Martin will join the Otago national championship coaching staff this season.
The Otago Rugby Football Union has recorded a modest profit of $18,848, with income from home games dropping by more than a third.
Otago rugby is looking to establish an academy for female players.
Tom Donnelly has returned to Otago as assistant coach and says he is really enjoying the role.