The Otago side hit the water instead of the grass yesterday as it got some good news about what lies ahead.
Dunedin's Martin Dippie won the South Island Endurance One-Hour Series title after a finale thriller in Timaru at the weekend.
Talented No 8s Sean Withy and Morgan Henderson picked up the major prizes at the Metropolitan Club Rugby Awards last night.
One of the big keys for the Highlanders — well the main one really — is to get some new and better players.
In something of a shock selection, Otago prop George Bower has been named in the All Black squad to travel to Australia for the Tri Nations.
Some top-class play was on display at the South Island singles and doubles championships in Dunedin over the weekend.
South Otago was heavily beaten by Queenstown in the second match of the Crosby Morris tournament in Alexandra.
Otago Sparks all-rounder Hayley Jensen has signed with the Hobart Hurricanes for the Women’s Big Bash league in Australia beginning this weekend.
All Blacks halfback and Hurricanes co-captain TJ Perenara has confirmed he will miss next year's Super Rugby season and head to Japan on a short-term playing contract.
It was the Josh show for Otago yesterday as its structure held to secure its first home win of the season.
Nic Bathgate (Leith) made a triumphant return to competitive running yesterday when he won the senior men’s 10km Otago road title on the harbour basin course.