The Highlanders have signed seven new players to boost their forward stocks for the 2015 Super Rugby season.
Southland Stags assistant coach Clarke Dermody opens up about his new role off the pitch.
Lima Sopoaga will have an added incentive to perform for the Stags in Palmerston North tonight.
Invercargill or Queenstown look likely options to host mouthwatering Highlanders-Chiefs showdown on May 30 next year.
Stags task of taking down competition powerhouse Canterbury in Christchurch on Sunday week just got even more tricky.
Sir John Kirwan has high expectations of former All Blacks halfback coming to fill hole left by Piri Weepu.
Shaun Stodart and Liam Howley have been included in New Zealand's best schoolboy rugby lineup.
World Cup-winning All Black Andrew Hore is on standby to play for the Stags.
Stags 2013 player of the year confirms he's ready to return for the Southland-Otago showdown.
Lima Sopoaga and Hayden Parker will each be trying to get a victory for their side in a fierce southern rugby rivalry.
For a man who has been a player and coach for Southland and Otago, it will be about keeping any emotions in check.
Champs smash South Otago High 63-0 in secondary school girls' combined Southland, Highlanders and South Island final.
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.
Southland's big off-season play to lure Highlanders first five-eighth Lima Sopoaga has proved to be a masterstroke.
One of Southland rugby's true legends could have played his last game in the maroon jersey.
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.
Ben Smith could have taken the payday option but did not want to spend his life wondering "what if".
On December 30 last year, Rugby Southland revealed to the public that it had a new Stags coach.
When Pehi Te Whare shifted from Hamilton to Invercargill in 2005, it was supposedly for a three-month trial period.
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.
Five players who will need to be at their best for Southland to have a successful 2014 campaign.
Five Southlanders who will line up for other provinces in the Nationl Provincial Competition.
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.
The Stags management team is targeting the round-three game against Otago in Invercargill.
Southland will at least go into next week's first NPC game against Bay of Plenty with much more confidence in their defence.
Lima Sopoaga will make his first appearance for the Stags from the bench in a pre-season match against Otago.
As Piri Weepu leaves NZ, another former All Blacks No 9, Jimmy Cowan, could be Blues bound.
If the day is fine, then look out for a big red-and-white following at Rugby Park tomorrow .
Logan Savory takes a look at 12 new faces in the Southland Stags 2014 national provincial championship squad.
OPINION: It is time for the Highlanders to wear their green jersey at home as well, writes Logan Savory.
Talented fullback stresses his decision to leave Southland for North Harbour was not about chasing the cash.
The scrum - or lack of it - cost the Highlanders a place in the semifinals on Saturday night.
CLUB RUGBY: Premier division
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.
Two late penalties from Francois Steyn has seen the Highlanders' upset bid against the Sharks fall short.
Jamie Joseph's side must produce one more against-the-odds performance in Durban tomorrow morning.
Highlanders to face a seriously strengthened Sharks side in their Super Rugby playoff in Durban.
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.
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.
Former All Black Jimmy Cowan is set to rekindle his New Zealand playing career with the Tasman Makos.
CLUB RUGBY: Division 1
The top eight teams in division one will go through to the knockout stages next weekend.
Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph believes his players deserve plenty of credit for making it to the Super Rugby playoffs.
Crusaders grab a rare bonus-point victory to overwhelm the Highlanders 34-8 in Christchurch.
Coach Jamie Joseph says key for Highlanders is to "control what we can control, which is our performance.''
Patrick Osborne's bank manager isn't the only one giggling after the big wing joined the Highlanders' joy ride this year.
Aaron Smith will be back with the Highlanders next season, staying loyal to the franchise that "gave me my shot."
Two very interesting NZ conference matches loom in Super Rugby's last round. Which Kiwi sides will make the playoffs?
Talismanic fullback fails to recover from a leg infection ahead of Saturday's crucial game against the Crusaders.
All Black halfback Aaron Smith has confirmed he'll be a Highlander again next season.
Churning through the numbers is the easiest task when constructing ways to thwart centre Malakai Fekitoa.
Highlanders and All Black fullback expected home tomorrow after spending time in an Australian hospital with an illness.