Rise in female participation responsible as number of players tops 150,000 for first time since counting began.
Mid Canterbury and Buller provide 11 players to the Heartland XV to tour the Cook Islands.
Former Crusaders and Wallabies coach will return to Christchurch this week to answer questions at a charity fundraiser.
Canterbury coach has made eight changes to the starting side for Sunday's final NPC round-robin match against Taranaki.
Star All Black suffers setback and isn't certain to play in Canterbury's NPC clash with Tasman on Saturday night.
Boys' High centre plays game of his life
Christchurch Boys' High's Tui Samuelu played the biggest game of his young rugby career alongside his former schoolmate.
ABs No 10, who was injured during Super Rugby final on August, to start for Canterbury against Southland on Sunday.
Sir Graham Henry says Dan Carter making the ABs' top XV "that depends on form".
Ryan Crotty will feel like he is burying an old friend when his beard is shaved for charity tomorrow.
The Canterbury women's rugby team showed they are building nicely after a 33-13 win against Wellington on Saturday.
Injured All Black goes under the knife for operation on broken arm which has ended his season.
Dan Carter could be set to join a growing list of All Blacks ruled out of the Rugby Championship.
Scott Robertson has revamped his Canterbury side to play Northland on Thursday night.
Life changes in a few dramatic moments
The road to recovery was a long one for Christchurch teen Jack Milligan after he was allegedly attacked during a schoolboy rugby game. His family talks to Myles Hume.
All Blacks left feeling "hollow" and "gutted" after limp end to winning streak. | Match report
Crusasders boss says loss "hurts like hell" but Todd Blackadder will get another shot at Super Rugby glory.
Star sidelined from Bledisloe after leg fracture
Dan Carter will miss at least two All Blacks Rugby Championship test matches after cracking a bone in his leg during Saturday's Super Rugby final.
Crusaders wing Nemani Nadolo wants to move on from being racially abused in a Christchurch bar.
Keen Crusaders fans cross ditch for rugby final
Enthusiastic fans braved a 5am start at Christchurch Airport this morning to cheer on the Crusaders at Saturday's Super Rugby final at Sydney's ANZ Stadium.
Morgan Mitchell plays a quiet game on the rugby field, using his lip reading skills where possible.