The Highlanders came alive in the final quarter of the first Super Rugby game of the season, beating the Chiefs 30-27 in Hamilton.
One of the best props of the modern era, All Blacks and Crusaders centurion Owen Franks has announced he will be leaving New Zealand Rugby at the end of 2019.
Players from the South have been selected in New Zealand development teams set to head to Japan next week.
The World Cup always signals change for the sport in New Zealand, as players head away and others rise up.
The conference system is doing a disservice to the New Zealand teams in Super Rugby and gives a clear advantage to teams from Australia and South Africa.
You can talk about luck. You can talk about the referees. You can even find some sort of conspiracy theory in the draw.
Ma'a Nonu will make his starting return to Super Rugby for the Blues against the Crusaders on Saturday.
The four other NZ teams all fancy their chances of Super Rugby glory as the competition starts on Friday. Steve Hepburn takes a look at the sides and who to fancy.
Southland's club competition is doubling in size as the union tries to lift standards within the club game.
Everyone was available to play for the Highlanders, but it will be a mixed team which clashes with the Chiefs in Hamilton tomorrow night.
The Chiefs have named a surprising line-up for their Super Rugby opener against the Highlanders on Friday.
The Highlanders have mixed up their side for the opening game of the season against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday.
Rugby writer Steve Hepburn looks at the chances of the 10 Super Rugby teams from outside New Zealand.
Southland touch teams enjoyed a solid weekend with mixed finishes at the junior nationals in Rotorua.