Co-ordination and combinations will be what the All Blacks selectors are looking for when they play the first of two Bledisloe Cup Tests, and their final Investec Rugby Championship Test in Perth next Saturday.
Wales have suffered the loss of the unfortunate No.8 Taulupe Faletau from their Rugby World Cup squad.
Rebecca Mahoney continues to tick off firsts.
Counties Manukau had a lucky escape when avoiding relegation from the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership last year, largely due to their ability to accrue bonus points.
Canterbury will not take lying down the fact that it did not win the Premiership title in 2018 for just the second time since 2007.
The 2018 Wellington Lions bounced back from three seasons in the Championship to crack the Premiership semifinals.
Initial signs are that All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick should still be part of New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup plans after he was forced from the field with a shoulder injury in Saturday’s 16-16 Investec Rugby Championship draw with South Africa in Wellington.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said Saturday’s Investec Rugby Championship 16-16 draw with South Africa was another step in the side’s progress as they look to build their game for their Rugby World Cup campaign in two months time.
The All Blacks are set to renew their fierce rivalry with South Africa in front of a sold-out crowd at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday night.
The only way for Taranaki in the Mitre 10 Cup for 2019 is surely up.