Oh what a season so far! We have a new Ranfurly Shield holder in Hawke’s Bay, a Premiership finalist sitting bottom of the table, a resurgent Taranaki, a relegated Bay of Plenty struggling, while Tasman are arguably the darling of the ITM Cup.
It would be fair to suggest that Argentina, despite being, almost unfairly based on some efforts, without a win in The Investec Rugby Championship, are the most technically awkward team to play against.
The most decorated All Blacks midfield partnership in history looks set to resume this weekend against the Pumas, with Ma’a Nonu fully recovered from his shoulder complaint that has kept him out of action in recent weeks.
With the dust only settling on a record-breaking Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 in France, the International Rugby Board are eager to ensure that the tournament has a lasting legacy on the development of the game for women and girls in the participating unions and beyond.