South Canterbury have drawn a tough pool at New Zealand's Sevens to be played in Queenstown in the new year.
They face defending champions Auckland, Wellington and Tasman.
Making it harder for South Canterbury is the fact they have lost one of their playmakers, Sekope Maea, who has return home to Samoa after playing a key role in the South Island qualifying tournament.
Coach Gareth Burgess will confirm his final squad of 12 early in the New Year.
2013 New Zealand nationals:
Pool A: Auckland, Wellington, Tasman, South Canterbury
Pool B: Otago, North Harbour, Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa Bush
Pool C: Waikato, Manawatu, Southland, Northland
Pool D: Canterbury, Taranaki, Counties Manukau, Bay of Plenty
- The Timaru Herald