The dates and kickoff times for the ITM Cup Premiership and Championship semifinals have been confirmed.
Counties Manukau coach Tana Umaga has named a full-strength side for the Ranfurly Shield defence against Southland in Pukekohe tomorrow night.
Cory Jane will start at fullback when a full-strength Wellington takes on Hawke’s Bay in Napier tomorrow evening.
Waikato has opted to rest several front-line players when it takes on Tasman in Nelson tomorrow night.
Cory Jane is poised to make his long-awaited return from injury when the unbeaten Wellington takes on Auckland this Saturday.
Matt Todd’s hopes of playing on the All Blacks’ Northern Hemisphere tour have been dashed due to a torn pectoral muscle.
The injury curse of Colin Slade continues.
Counties Manukau skipper Fritz Lee will link with French club Clermont on a three-month deal.
Waikato has made five changes to its starting team for the Ranfurly Shield challenge against Counties Manukau in Pukekohe this Saturday.
Waikato will be without skipper Matt Vant Leven and prop Ben Tameifuna when it defends the Ranfurly Shield against Northland in Hamilton on Saturday night.
Counties Manukau hooker Hika Elliot will have to wait another week to play for his new province.
Halfback Willi Heinz will captain an under-strength Canterbury side when it takes on Taranaki in Christchurch on Friday night.
All Blacks Dane Coles and TJ Perenara will line up for Wellington when it opens its ITM Cup campaign against Counties Manukau in Pukekohe tomorrow night.
Openside flanker Shane Christie will lead Tasman in this year’s ITM Cup.
Rebels halfback Nic Stirzaker will play for Manawatu in this year’s ITM Cup.
Derren Witcombe has been named Northland’s ITM Cup coach for 2013.
Waikato has bolstered its front-row stocks by signing Ben Tameifuna for the 2013 ITM Cup season.
Canterbury has named former Manawatu, Taranaki and Munster midfielder Jason Holland as the assistant coach of its ITM Cup side.
Waikato will defend the Ranfurly Shield against Heartland Championship sides Horowhenua Kapiti and East Coast in July.
Taranaki fullback Andre Taylor has re-signed with the province for a further two seasons, while New Zealand Under 20 midfielder Ope Peleseuma has been picked up from Wellington.
With the series level, expect both teams to put it all on the line as they seek to win the deciding test in Sydney on Saturday night.