Otago has some major injury concerns and the serious stuff is only a few weeks away.
Otago has not yet kicked off its Mitre 10 Cup campaign but has already begun advertising for next year's coach.
Otago piled on the points after a wobbly first half to get their defence of the Ranfurly Shield off to a successful start.
Pavlova, Phar Lap, Crowded House and Ben Miller - there is nothing those Aussies will not try to steal.
The Upper Clutha Rugby Club has just one big thing left to do ahead of its Ranfurly Shield match - sort out the weather.
Otago has named the strongest side possible for its Ranfurly Shield defence against Thames Valley in Wanaka tomorrow.
Thames Valley will not be lacking motivation or commitment when it challenges Otago for the Ranfurly Shield at the Wanaka Showgrounds on Saturday.
Otago is bringing in some tall timber for its Mitre 10 Cup campaign but has worries over the health of some of its key backs.
Otago coach Ben Herring is to leave his post after this season, heading for a family trip around the United States.
Town clubs and the Otago Country board have won two extra seats at the Otago Rugby Football Union board table, but it comes with a warning shot fired by the outgoing board chairman.
Otago will have three warm-up games - two involving Ranfurly Shield challenges - before the Mitre 10 Cup kicks off.
Otago fielding a team made up of players from overseas competitions will simply not happen, a meeting was told last night.
The Otago Rugby Football Union has recorded a tidy profit for the year while chairman Keith Cooper has announced he is standing down.
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.