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Sopoaga hoping for win in front of family

Lima Sopoaga

Lima Sopoaga will have an added incentive to perform for the Stags in Palmerston North tonight.

Highlanders fixture list includes a date to circle

Highlanders

Invercargill or Queenstown look likely options to host mouthwatering Highlanders-Chiefs showdown on May 30 next year.

Stags task gets trickier as Carter plots return

Dan Carter

Stags task of taking down competition powerhouse Canterbury in Christchurch on Sunday week just got even more tricky.

Jimmy Cowan signs with Blues for Super Rugby

Jimmy Cowan

Sir John Kirwan has high expectations of former All Blacks halfback coming to fill hole left by Piri Weepu.

Southland Boys' rugby duo make NZ squad

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Shaun Stodart and Liam Howley have been included in New Zealand's best schoolboy rugby lineup.

Andrew Hore ready to answer Southland's SOS

Andrew Hore

World Cup-winning All Black Andrew Hore is on standby to play for the Stags.

John Hardie adds a spark to impressive Stags

John Hardie

Stags 2013 player of the year confirms he's ready to return for the Southland-Otago showdown.

Parker and Sopoaga in clash of the Highlanders

Hayden Parker, Lima Sopoaga

Lima Sopoaga and Hayden Parker will each be trying to get a victory for their side in a fierce southern rugby rivalry.

Phil Young will be keeping his emotions in check

Willis Halaholo

For a man who has been a player and coach for Southland and Otago, it will be about keeping any emotions in check.

Southland Girls' off to national rugby finals

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Champs smash South Otago High 63-0 in secondary school girls' combined Southland, Highlanders and South Island final.

Southland Boys' keen to end rivals' streak

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OBHS have a remarkable 53-game winning streak in the Highlanders region first XV rugby competition but SBHS feel they can put a halt to it.

Lima Sopoaga leads Stags to win over Harbour

Southland Stags

Southland's big off-season play to lure Highlanders first five-eighth Lima Sopoaga has proved to be a masterstroke.

Injury may end Stags' Jason Rutledge's career

Jason Rutledge

One of Southland rugby's true legends could have played his last game in the maroon jersey.

All Blacks dealing with Conrad Smith situation

Conrad Smith

Centre's dash home for birth of his child throws not so much a spanner in works as a crinkle in well-laid Bledisloe plans.

New coach Mooar gets Stags into gear

brad mooar

On December 30 last year, Rugby Southland revealed to the public that it had a new Stags coach.

Ben Smith's patience and loyalty gets rewarded

Ben Smith

Ben Smith could have taken the payday option but did not want to spend his life wondering "what if".

Ex-Stags stalwart in new league

Pehi Te Whare

When Pehi Te Whare shifted from Hamilton to Invercargill in 2005, it was supposedly for a three-month trial period.

JP Koen set to battle Super Rugby team-mate

JP Koen

Kane Hames is set to go head-to-head with his Highlanders team-mate JP Koen in what could be an intriguing front-row battle.

Expectations high of Southland's best

Lima Sopoaga

Five players who will need to be at their best for Southland to have a successful 2014 campaign.

Thanks for the memories - they've been special

Jimmy Cowan

Five Southlanders who will line up for other provinces in the Nationl Provincial Competition.

Williamson comes into his own

Oamaru junior driver Brad Williamson gained his first win as an owner when he reined Kylie Castleton to victory in the Southland Harness Awards Trot at Ascot Park yesterday.

Injured Hardie to make his return against Otago

John Hardie

The Stags management team is targeting the round-three game against Otago in Invercargill.

Southland edged by Otago in preseason clash

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Southland will at least go into next week's first NPC game against Bay of Plenty with much more confidence in their defence.

Jimmy Cowan tipped to be at Blues next season

Jimmy Cowan

As Piri Weepu leaves NZ, another former All Blacks No 9, Jimmy Cowan, could be Blues bound.

Sopoaga to come off bench for Stags in pre-season match

Lima Sopoaga

Lima Sopoaga will make his first appearance for the Stags from the bench in a pre-season match against Otago.

Bluff hope jubilee year brings division title

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If the day is fine, then look out for a big red-and-white following at Rugby Park tomorrow .

Young stags ready to make their mark

Lima Sopoaga

Logan Savory takes a look at 12 new faces in the Southland Stags 2014 national provincial championship squad.

Sav's Say: Highlanders should be forever green

Malakai Fekitoa

OPINION: It is time for the Highlanders to wear their green jersey at home as well, writes Logan Savory.

Southland's Robbie Robinson heads for Harbour

Robbie Robinson

Talented fullback stresses his decision to leave Southland for North Harbour was not about chasing the cash.

Scrum proves to be Highlanders' Achilles heel

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The scrum - or lack of it - cost the Highlanders a place in the semifinals on Saturday night.

Marist aiming to take shield from Woodlands

CLUB RUGBY: Premier division

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Marist will attempt to win the Galbraith Shield for the first time since 2001 when they take on Woodlands in the 2014 Southland premier club rugby decider at Rugby Park on Saturday.

Late Sharks penalties do in Highlanders

Marcell Coetzee

Two late penalties from Francois Steyn has seen the Highlanders' upset bid against the Sharks fall short.

Highlanders aim to upset Sharks, odds in playoff

Ben Smith

Jamie Joseph's side must produce one more against-the-odds performance in Durban tomorrow morning.

Sharks sharpen teeth to welcome Highlanders

Pat Lambie

Highlanders to face a seriously strengthened Sharks side in their Super Rugby playoff in Durban.

Jimmy Cowan sheds his Stag's antlers

Jimmy Cowan

Former Stag feels he still has two or three good years of rugby in him and wants to show that in this year's NPC.

Imported Stag Koen makes Highlanders

JP Koen

Stags coach Brad Mooar is delighted prop J P Koen's hard work has been recognised with a taste of Super Rugby in recent weeks.

Ex AB Jimmy Cowan signs with Tasman Makos

Jimmy Cowan

Former All Black Jimmy Cowan is set to rekindle his New Zealand playing career with the Tasman Makos.

Highlanders limp into the Super Rugby playoffs

Malakai Fekitoa

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph believes his players deserve plenty of credit for making it to the Super Rugby playoffs.

Edendale get top billing going into quarterfinals

CLUB RUGBY: Division 1

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The top eight teams in division one will go through to the knockout stages next weekend.

Forwards lead Crusaders to an easy victory

Israel Dagg

Crusaders grab a rare bonus-point victory to overwhelm the Highlanders 34-8 in Christchurch.

Highlanders focused on win, not permutations

Jamie Joseph

Coach Jamie Joseph says key for Highlanders is to "control what we can control, which is our performance.''

Highlanders’ fling working out well for Osborne

Patrick Osborne

Patrick Osborne's bank manager isn't the only one giggling after the big wing joined the Highlanders' joy ride this year.

Chiefs in a final push for Super Rugby playoffs

Liam Messam

Two very interesting NZ conference matches loom in Super Rugby's last round. Which Kiwi sides will make the playoffs?

Aaron Smith repaying the faith to Highlanders

Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith will be back with the Highlanders next season, staying loyal to the franchise that "gave me my shot."

Highlander Ben Smith out for Crusaders clash

Ben Smith

Talismanic fullback fails to recover from a leg infection ahead of Saturday's crucial game against the Crusaders.

Halfback Aaron Smith to stick with Highlanders

Aaron Smith

All Black halfback Aaron Smith has confirmed he'll be a Highlander again next season.

Crusaders plot to shut down Malakai Fekitoa

Malakai Fekitoa

Churning through the numbers is the easiest task when constructing ways to thwart centre Malakai Fekitoa.

Ben Smith to fly home after leg infection scare

Ben Smith

Highlanders and All Black fullback expected home tomorrow after spending time in an Australian hospital with an illness.

Ben Smith hospitalised in Sydney with illness

Ben Smith

Highlanders fullback and co-captain Ben Smith is in doubt for Saturday night's match against the Crusaders.

Highlanders get thumped by Waratahs

Malakai Fekitoa

The Highlanders have suffered their biggest ever loss to the Waratahs, scoring only one try.