Bay of Plenty's hopes of having one of their favourite sons, Glen Jackson, back for next month's opening match of the British & Irish Lions tour have been dashed.
Former Chiefs and BoP first five-eighths Jackson had been hoping to return from his English club Saracens but complications have arisen and he has had to make himself unavailable, reports the New Zealand Herald.
BoP coach Vern Cotter spoke to Jackson at the weekend and confirmed the 29-year-old would not be back.
Lions skipper Sam Warburton says the lessons he and his Welsh colleagues learnt in Australia last summer will stand them in good stead for their return visit with Britain and Ireland's elite next month.
Some very lucky winners got to host some of the British & Irish Lions in their homes in Ireland this week. 'Host The Pride' gave the opportunity for fans to host some of the biggest names in world rugby.