Rugby Championship matches in the northern hemisphere could become a regular feature.
Lions' influential number eight and captain Warren Whiteley fails to recover from a calf injury.
Chiefs midfielder was told his season might be over, but he was having none of that.
Highlanders solidify their pack and employ a forward-dominated bench for semifinal in Johannesburg.
The rules may change but the fans are expected to play on as bars within Hamilton's Rugby World Cup Fan Zone switch codes and show the NRL final.