South African prop Ross Geldenhuys ready to boss Highlanders scrum

It sounds sacrilegious but growing up in South Africa, Ross Geldenhuys' hero was All Black Kees Meeuws.

Jimmy Cowan focused on the Blues before ABs

Jimmy Cowan isn't expecting an All Blacks recall, but he won't ignore his cell if he gets one.

Super Rugby game to be played in Invercargill

Highlanders general manager confirms franchise will play a Super Rugby game in Invercargill next season.

Kiwis star committed to flying flag down south

Shaun Johnson

The South Island may be rugby heartland but the Kiwis are changing 86 years of history by bringing league back to Dunedin.

Otago Boys' out of first XV competition

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Otago Boys' High School have pulled out of the Highlanders first XV school rugby competition.

Girls' High win sevens final

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Southland Girls' High School won the Southland women's sevens series final in Invercargill last week.

Clarke Dermody steps up to Highlanders role

Clarke Dermody

Former Southland and All Black prop appointed as scrum and assistant forward coach for next year.

Talks continue over Super Rugby game

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Discussions are continuing between Southland parties and the Highlanders over a Super Rugby game to Invercargill in May.

Willis Halaholo joins mates in Super Rugby

Willis Halaholo

The inclusion of Willis Halaholo in the Hurricanes squad is good news for the Southland Stags.

Tasman finalists will bolster Highlanders ranks

Marty Banks

Six players involved in the NPC's premiership final will be Highlanders next season.

Highlanders add more to their Tasman stocks

Marty Banks

Tasman will have a hefty influence in Dunedin next year after two more Makos and a Taranaki flyer signed up.

Southlanders named in Maori All Blacks

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Four Southlanders have been named in the New Zealand Maori team to play Japan next month.

Lima Sopoaga is up for the Ranfurly challenge

Lima Sopoaga

Lima Sopoaga made his provincial debut for Wellington four years ago but surprisingly today will be his first crack at the Ranfurly Shield.

Sopoaga up for challenge

Lima Sopoaga

Lima Sopoaga made his provincial debut for Wellington four years ago but surprisingly tomorrow will be his first crack at the Ranfurly Shield.

Tanaka returning for third Highlanders season

Fumiaki Tanaka

Diminutive Japanese halfback returning to Dunedin for third Super Rugby season at southern franchise.

Stags confident Verran to fill Sopoaga’s shoes

Brad Mooar

Jamie Verran was being lined up as the Stags No 10 this season and Brad Mooar is confident in the Woodlands player.

Highlanders side snaps up seven new players

The Highlanders have signed seven new players to boost their forward stocks for the 2015 Super Rugby season.

Dermody's transition has worked a treat

Clarke Dermody

Southland Stags assistant coach Clarke Dermody opens up about his new role off the pitch.

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


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.

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.

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.

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

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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

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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.

Injured Hardie to make his return against Otago

John Hardie

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

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.

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

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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


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

Marist aiming to take shield from Woodlands

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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.
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