Promotion is at stake. There's a big pack in front of it and defence will be the key if Otago is to upset Wellington in today’s Farah Palmer Cup Championship final in Porirua.
Otago fullback Michael Collins will play his 50th game for the province when he leads the side into battle against Hawke's Bay tomorrow.
This week, ODT rugby correspondent Paul Dwyer talks with Ben Herring, coach of Ranfurly Shield winners Otago.
Otago first five-eighth Josh Ioane has continued his rise with selection in the Maori All Blacks team to tour North and South America next month.
Second time around and it still tastes sweet. Otago had to wait 20,000-odd days to finally win the Ranfurly Shield back in 2013.
Otago coach Ben Herring was enjoying his coffee in the first 40 minutes — but things did not quite go as sedately in the second half.
Otago assistant coach Ryan Martin did not have to look far to get excited about winning the Ranfurly Shield — just a picture on the wall of the team room in Dunedin.
The Otago team will fly home with the Ranfurly Shield in tow today and are scheduled to land in Dunedin late this afternoon.
Otago coach Ben Herring has urged his side to treat today’s Ranfurly Shield challenge against Waikato as if it was a birthday celebration.
As Otago attempts to wrest the log o’ wood off Waikato today, we look back at five of its most memorable Shield challenges of the past 25 years.
When Zoe Whatarau lined up for last year’s Farah Palmer Cup Championship semifinal she was playing halfback — this year she will turn out at flanker.
Otago fullback Michael Collins has been to Hamilton and returned with the Ranfurly Shield once before - he would like to do it again.
Paul Dwyer chats with Otago coach Ben Herring ahead of the team's Ranfurly Shield clash against Waikato on Saturday. Otago stars return for challenge