Last year it was powerful hooker Asafo Aumua who set the World Rugby under-20 championships alight.
Otago has signed three players for the coming year but says it is still looking for local players to fill spots in the squad.
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 has retained a couple of front rowers and a couple of backs for the upcoming Mitre 10 Cup season.
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.
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.
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.
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 has made an important first step towards coaching professionally.
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.