Surgery could end Thorn's playing days

brad thorn

Brad Thorn's playing days with the Highlanders could be over.

McDonald called back to work on Kiwis

Invercargill physiotherapist Karl McDonald

Invercargill physiotherapist Karl McDonald says he is "fizzing" to again work alongside some of rugby league's most high-profile players.

Fekitoa bullies the Bulls

Malakai Fekitoa

The outstanding displays of the Tongan-born centre have mesmerised southern punters into a state of awe.

Highlanders show brawn to down the Bulls



The Highlanders have beaten the Bulls 27-20 in Dunedin.

Highlanders a godsend for Richard Buckman

Richard Buckman

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Richard Buckman says he got very good at holding hit-pads during a three-year stint with the Hurricanes wider training squad.

Manu may still play a role for Highlanders

Nasi Manu

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has rated co-captain Nasi Manu a 50-50 chance to play against the Bulls tomorrow night in Dunedin.

Baker cops six weeks for dangerous tackle

Kurt Baker

Super Rugby has demonstrated its tough stance on dangerous lifting tackles with Highlanders winger Kurt Baker suspended for six weeks.

Highlanders hold off the Rebels' challenge

Lima Sopoaga

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The accurate boot of Lima Sopoaga has kicked the Highlanders to their third win of the season.

Jamie Joseph wary of resurgent Rebels

Jamie Joseph

Highlanders coach concerned his team may fall victim to having a slow start in tonight's Super Rugby match.

Culhane lends a helping hand

Advice from former Southland Stags co-coach has positive effect on club rugby side.

Hardie determined to win back jersey

John Hardie

Southland flanker John Hardie has his sights set on regaining his preferred starting slot at the Highlanders.

Ellison keen to return to NZ

Tamati Ellison

Rugby nomad Tamati Ellison has enjoyed his time in Melbourne, but wants to return to NZ next season.

Hames to miss Rebels clash after guilty plea

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Highlanders prop Kane Hames will miss this Friday's game after pleading guilty to a dangerous charge in the loss to the Blues.

Star hang on to claim Scruffy Butt trophy

Pullar: 'It means a lot to them'

Southland Times photo

The Scruffy Butt Memorial Trophy game tends to bring the best out of Star teams and Saturday's game was no exception.

Dangerous charge puts Hames in doubt for Rebels

Highlanders v Blues

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.

Blues uncover halfback, Highlanders downed

Highlanders v Blues

Bryn Hall impressive at No 9 for Blues as they beat Highlanders 30-12.

Bekhuis wants to win his place back

Josh Bekhuis

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Southland's Josh Bekhuis considering options after struggling to get a run with the Highlanders.

Jamie Joseph content to play by the rules

Jamie Joseph

Everyone in rugbyland wants to talk about scrums and how awful they are, except for Jamie Joseph.

King, Robinson in Highlanders pack

Chris King

The Highlanders have added some nuggety experience to their forward pack.

Gutsy win celebrated


Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph was celebrating his second win of the season on Saturday, a gutsy effort against the Hurricanes at Dunedin Stadium.

Smith & Smith shine in Highlanders' win

Brad Thorn

The softly-softly approach taken with the team's only two All Blacks appears to be paying off for the Highlanders.

Highlanders beat Hurricanes in Dunedin


Highlanders try to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory but hold on for the 35 - 31 win

Joseph wary of Canes' strength

Elliot Dixon

The Highlanders will start as heavy underdogs against the Hurricanes in Dunedin tonight.

Life after rugby begins at 40 for Thorn

Brad Thorn

Brad Thorn turns 40 in February but says he still feels good enough to play through the year.

New assistants have close links to Stags

Hoani MacDonald, Heart Foundation

Hoani Macdonald and Clarke Dermody have been named as assistant coaches for the Stags 2014 national provincial championship campaign.

Soul-searching ahead for the Highlanders

Alby Mathewson

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.

Highlanders fall to the Force

Bogey team takes streak to six

Nasi Manu

Reduced to 13 men at the end, the Force hang tough in Dunedin to beat the Highlanders 31-29.

Live updates: Highlanders-Force in Dunedin


Follow commentary and live stats updates from tonight's Super Rugby match in Dunedin.

Highlanders determined to turn tables on Force

Jamie Joseph

Well rested after their bye round, the Highlanders are ready to take on the Force.

Hoeata's new approach reaps rewards

Jarrad Hoeata

Jarrad Hoeata's season report card in recent years would read: "Does not play well with others." Not anymore.

Highlanders 'better placed' for licence change

Ben Smith

The NZRU hopes to put the licence to run the Highlanders Super Rugby franchise up for grabs this year.

Chiefs slip from frustrated Highlanders' hook

Matt Symons

The Highlanders did everything but beat the Chiefs, and now will have some extra time to reflect.

No complacency from Highlanders

Fair to say Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph is a member of the Chiefs admiration club.

Fekitoa proves his worth to Highlanders

Malakai Fekitoa

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.

Mackintosh committed to Southland

Jamie Mackintosh

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.

Making a big impression in rugby

Southland Times photo

Mark down Central Southland College student and versatile sportsman Stewart Thomson as a young rugby player destined for higher honours.

Halftime ovation for Highlanders

Ben Smith

POLL: The underdog Highlanders blistering start against the Blues was enough to earn the team a halftime standing ovation in Dunedin.

Upset win highlights efforts

When Nasi Manu limped out to front the media after the Highlanders' win, it was almost painful to watch.

Highlanders down the Blues

Highlanders v Blues

The Highlanders have beaten the Blues 29-21 in an entertaining contest in Dunedin tonight.

Time for Highlanders, and fans, to push on

Aaron Smith

It's a tough opening assignment for the Highlanders in Dunedin as they come up against the Blues.

Veteran prop Chris King builds towards milestone

Chris King

Forget the underdog tag, Chris King isn't wearing it and the veteran prop has full belief in the Highlanders.

Highlanders named inexperienced lineup

Malakai Fekitoa

As many as five Highlanders players could make their Super Rugby debuts against the Blues on Saturday night.

Highlanders in narrow loss

Highlanders go down narrowly in final preseason trial.

Highlanders' Manu fighting fit for new season

Nasi Manu

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.

Joseph aiming for pre-season/new season balance

Jamie Joseph

The Highlanders take on the Waratahs in Newcastle tonight in a game that is part dress rehearsal, part trial.

Aaron Smith driven by past failures

Aaron Smith

Last year was a forgettable year with the Highlanders for All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith.

Smith and Smith to return for Highlanders

Ben 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.

ABs back for Highlanders

The Highlanders will welcome back their two All Blacks for their final preseason game.

Highlanders sign up university sponsor

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A significant sponsorship deal with Otago University has provided the Highlanders Super Rugby team with a much-needed financial boost.

Uni signs Highlanders deal

The University of Otago will be one of the Highlanders major sponsors for at least the next two years.
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