The 94th test match between traditional foes New Zealand and South Africa will take place tonight at North Harbour's QBE Stadium to kick off the fourth round of the 2017 Rugby Championship.
The All Blacks will wear a special tribute to the late Sir Colin Meads on their jerseys tomorrow night - an extra emotional touchstone which increases the significance of the test against the Wallabies.
Five Highlanders have been named in the All Blacks Rugby Championship squad, while several high-profile players have been left out.
This Lions series deserved a big finale, which it certainly got with referee Romain Poite's decision in the final minute to change his mind on a penalty for the All Blacks.
A late penalty gave the British and Irish Lions a victory over 14-man New Zealand in the second test, to level up the series at 1-1 ahead of next week's final clash.
The All Blacks played their usual triple threat game and produced all their expected spark and flair, but so too did the Lions.
There was mixed news for southern fans when the All Black squad for the World Cup was named at Parliament last night.
New Zealand Herald rugby writers Gregor Paul & Wynne Gray discuss which players have the potential to be picked for the All Blacks squad.
Banned All Blacks hooker and Highlanders captain Andrew Hore has been subjected to "ignorant" comment and has endured the longest week of his life, two of the men closest to him say.
As much as individual brilliance bubbles through the All Blacks, it is the team ethos which creates their momentum.
Not only did Forsyth Barr Stadium get the thumbs up from the All Blacks, the rugby test against the Springboks on Saturday was great for the Dunedin retail and hospitality sector, with many tills ringing red-hot over the weekend.
Gibbston teenager Sophie Newbold celebrates her 18th birthday with All Black captain Richie McCaw at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Friday during the captain's run, before the side's win over South Africa on Saturday night.
Dunedin is preparing for the arrival of the All Blacks this weekend.
Just a few hundred tickets remain for the All Black test against the Springboks at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
The All Blacks have started their 2012 campaign with a dominant performance, claiming a 42-10 win over Ireland in the first of three tests.