Wairarapa-Bush's Heartland championship rugby fixture with North Otago at Memorial Park, Masterton, tonight will have its share of historical significance. It will be the first game in this competition to be played on an artificial turf and, what’s more, it will be under lights with a start time of 7.30pm. Read more here
Vaea Fifita (Wellington Axemen) has been signed by the Hurricanes and by Wellington Rugby for three years - it has been reported. His Super contract runs through to the end of 2018 while he has also signed a two season deal with Wellington and an option for a third, the report suggests. Read more here
The Tasman Rugby Union has confirmed ex-All Blacks hooker and former Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett as its new assistant coach. Hammett, 43, has signed a two-year deal with the union and will join new head coach Leon MacDonald at the helm for Tasman's 2016 national provincial championship campaign. Read more here
Years of photographs and history have gone up in smoke after a suspicious fire destroyed a North Canterbury rugby club building overnight. Firefighters were called to the Glenmark Rugby Football Club rooms at Omihi, about 68 kilometres north of Christchurch, just before 12.30am on Friday. Read more here
Taranaki's ITM Cup side has suffered a massive blow with captain James Marshall ruled out of the rest of the 2015 season.
Marshall fractured his toe during Sunday afternoon's clash with Auckland at Eden Park, which requires surgery.
It's likely the captaincy will be handed over to second five-eighth Charlie Ngatai, who also captains the New Zealand Maori side.
Injuries have been a common occurance for Taranaki so far this season with concussions to Berny Hall, Rhys Marshall and James Broadhurst in the opening round which forced them to miss Sunday's match. However they are expected to be back for this weekend's match against Otago.
The Chiefs regional final and national knock out match between New Plymouth Boys' High School and Rotorua Boys' High School will now be played in Rotorua.
Originally the match was going to be played in New Plymouth on either Friday or Saturday this week, but those suggestions have now been quashed.
The New Plymouth Boys' High School Rugby Facebook page announced the change of venue today.
"We were told we were to get a home game last week and had started to make arrangements. We since have been told this was a mistake. Whilst we are naturally disappointed to not have a home game all attention is focused on our preparation for Saturday" the statement said.
Details on the time of the fixture will be known within the coming days.
New Plymouth made it through to the final stage after beating Wesley College on the weekend and Rotorua upset Hamilton Boys' High School.
St Bede's won the UC Championship on Saturday. Read about their win here
Meads Cup champions Mid Canterbury start their new campaign Saturday afternoon at home in Ashburton taking on neighbouring rivals South Canterbury, while Lochore Cup champions Wanganui head south to Levin to face Horowhenua Kapiti in their 2015 season opener.
In other Week One action, last year’s Meads Cup finalists Buller host King Country in Westport, neighbours East Coast and Poverty Bay square off at Whakarua Park in Ruatoria, North Otago take on the West Coast in Oamaru and Thames Valley and the Wairarapa Bush brush off their cobwebs in Paeroa. The eight-week competition will be followed by semifinals on 17 October, with the Meads Cup and Lochore Cup champions decided on 24 and 25 October respectively.
New Zealand Rugby has tonight congratulated All Blacks captain Richie McCaw (Christchurch FC) on becoming the most capped rugby player in history, playing his 142nd Test. McCaw’s historic milestone was achieved as he captained the All Blacks to a 41-13 Bledisloe Cup victory against the Wallabies at Eden Park. All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen presented McCaw with a specially embroidered All Blacks jersey to commemorate the historic occasion.
The Final of the Central North Island competitiion is today between St Paul's Collegiate, Hamilton and Feilding High School. Top qualifier St Paul's are unbeaten through seven matches, includng ther 30-9 semi-final win over Francis Douglas Memorial College, while Feilding pipped Lindisfarne College 11-10 in their semi-final. St Paul's won 17-13 when they played Feilding during the round-robin.