Brad Thorn's playing days with the Highlanders could be over.
Invercargill physiotherapist Karl McDonald says he is "fizzing" to again work alongside some of rugby league's most high-profile players.
The outstanding displays of the Tongan-born centre have mesmerised southern punters into a state of awe.
NATHAN BURDON IN DUNEDIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Highlanders have beaten the Bulls 27-20 in Dunedin.
LOGAN SAVORY - © Fairfax NZ NewsRichard Buckman says he got very good at holding hit-pads during a three-year stint with the Hurricanes wider training squad.
Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has rated co-captain Nasi Manu a 50-50 chance to play against the Bulls tomorrow night in Dunedin.
Super Rugby has demonstrated its tough stance on dangerous lifting tackles with Highlanders winger Kurt Baker suspended for six weeks.
NATHAN BURDON - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe accurate boot of Lima Sopoaga has kicked the Highlanders to their third win of the season.
Highlanders coach concerned his team may fall victim to having a slow start in tonight's Super Rugby match.
Advice from former Southland Stags co-coach has positive effect on club rugby side.
Southland flanker John Hardie has his sights set on regaining his preferred starting slot at the Highlanders.
Rugby nomad Tamati Ellison has enjoyed his time in Melbourne, but wants to return to NZ next season.
Highlanders prop Kane Hames will miss this Friday's game after pleading guilty to a dangerous charge in the loss to the Blues.
Pullar: 'It means a lot to them'
The Scruffy Butt Memorial Trophy game tends to bring the best out of Star teams and Saturday's game was no exception.
The Highlanders may be without prop Kane Hames for Friday's game against the Melbourne Rebels after he was cited for a dangerous charge following Saturday's 30-12 loss to the Blues in Auckland.
Bryn Hall impressive at No 9 for Blues as they beat Highlanders 30-12.
NATHAN BURDON - © Fairfax NZ NewsSouthland's Josh Bekhuis considering options after struggling to get a run with the Highlanders.
Everyone in rugbyland wants to talk about scrums and how awful they are, except for Jamie Joseph.
The Highlanders have added some nuggety experience to their forward pack.
NATHAN BURDONHighlanders coach Jamie Joseph was celebrating his second win of the season on Saturday, a gutsy effort against the Hurricanes at Dunedin Stadium.
The softly-softly approach taken with the team's only two All Blacks appears to be paying off for the Highlanders.
Highlanders try to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory but hold on for the 35 - 31 win
The Highlanders will start as heavy underdogs against the Hurricanes in Dunedin tonight.
Brad Thorn turns 40 in February but says he still feels good enough to play through the year.
Hoani Macdonald and Clarke Dermody have been named as assistant coaches for the Stags 2014 national provincial championship campaign.
Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph will look into his players' eyes this morning as they try to pick the up the pieces from a disappointing loss to the Western Force.
Bogey team takes streak to six
Reduced to 13 men at the end, the Force hang tough in Dunedin to beat the Highlanders 31-29.
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Well rested after their bye round, the Highlanders are ready to take on the Force.
Jarrad Hoeata's season report card in recent years would read: "Does not play well with others." Not anymore.
The NZRU hopes to put the licence to run the Highlanders Super Rugby franchise up for grabs this year.
The Highlanders did everything but beat the Chiefs, and now will have some extra time to reflect.
Fair to say Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph is a member of the Chiefs admiration club.
Malakai Fekitoa came south looking for more opportunities and with one searing run up the middle of Dunedin Stadium it quickly became obvious that he'd made the right decision.
Poll:Jamie Mackintosh doesn't believe he has a point to prove when unbeaten New Zealand outfits the Chiefs and Highlanders meet in Hamilton on Saturday night.
Mark down Central Southland College student and versatile sportsman Stewart Thomson as a young rugby player destined for higher honours.
POLL: The underdog Highlanders blistering start against the Blues was enough to earn the team a halftime standing ovation in Dunedin.
When Nasi Manu limped out to front the media after the Highlanders' win, it was almost painful to watch.
The Highlanders have beaten the Blues 29-21 in an entertaining contest in Dunedin tonight.
It's a tough opening assignment for the Highlanders in Dunedin as they come up against the Blues.
Forget the underdog tag, Chris King isn't wearing it and the veteran prop has full belief in the Highlanders.
As many as five Highlanders players could make their Super Rugby debuts against the Blues on Saturday night.
Highlanders go down narrowly in final preseason trial.
Highlanders co-captain Nasi Manu's foot will never heal properly, but otherwise he feels close to his best ahead of the start of the Super Rugby season.
The Highlanders take on the Waratahs in Newcastle tonight in a game that is part dress rehearsal, part trial.
Last year was a forgettable year with the Highlanders for All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith.
The Highlanders will welcome back their two All Blacks - Ben and Aaron Smith - for their final pre-season game against the Waratahs on Friday night.
The Highlanders will welcome back their two All Blacks for their final preseason game.
A significant sponsorship deal with Otago University has provided the Highlanders Super Rugby team with a much-needed financial boost.
The University of Otago will be one of the Highlanders major sponsors for at least the next two years.