The Otago Rugby Football Union has hit the fundraising trail in a bid to keep talented young players in the region, introducing a new scholarship.
Western Force midfielder Josh Tatupu and Wellington fullback Joe Hill have signed for Otago in the national provincial rugby competition this year.
Otago rugby is building a war chest as it tries to find three or four key players in what it views as a critical year.
Plans for the future of Carisbrook - now owned by the Dunedin City Council - were debated behind closed doors by councillors yesterday, after a last-minute bid to hold the debate in public was defeated.
Wayne Graham has done just about everything in Otago rugby. Player, captain, coach and now chairman. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn talks to Graham about what he sees for the future of Otago rugby.
Two former All Blacks will lead the Otago Rugby Football Union board. Wayne Graham was elected chairman last night at the first meeting of the new board, while former All Black coach Laurie Mains is the new deputy chairman.
About 320 Wakatipu children took part in the Otago Rugby Football Union's rippa rugby tournament in Queenstown on Monday.
The Otago Rugby Football Union looks set to have a new chairman, with former All Black Wayne Graham a leading contender to replace Ron Palenski.
A school-based programme is being introduced by the Highlanders rugby team this season which will target low-decile primary schools and deliver messages around healthy eating and physical activity.
The Otago Rugby Football Union has recorded an operating loss of more than $750,000 for the past year, with its chief executive blaming the recession and saying players had under-performed.
Otago winger Karne Hesketh is off to play in Japan and there is a chance he will be joined by captain and openside flanker Alando Soakai.