OPINION: The reality is that space on the Highlanders bandwagon has shrunk like the polar ice cap over the summer.
Ryal Bush trainer Hamish Hunter won't forget his fifth Wairio Cup success in a hurry.
Former Stags rugby player Matt Saunders gained his first training win when outsider Just Ned won the Willy's Flooring Ltd Pace at Winton yesterday.
Southland's Ryan Duffy makes way for NZ captain Brendon McCullum for the Otago's Plunket Shield game against Canterbury tomorrow.
Rookie Southland sevens coach Damien Pine says it is a changing of the guard.
In a game where the ball dominated, Central Stags opener George Worker still managed to star.
Jimmy Cowan isn't expecting an All Blacks recall, but he won't ignore his cell if he gets one.
Sid Cumming has poured many volunteer hours into helping various sports in Southland thrive.
The misery continues for the Otago Volts on the back of a six-wicket loss to the Central Stags at Hagley Oval today.
Cran Dalgety left the Rangiora racecourse on Thursday with a career tally of 999 New Zealand training victories.
Cran Dalgety left Rangiora racecourse on Thursday with a career tally of 999 New Zealand training victories.
Playing rugby at national level was an eye-opener for Southland Boys' High School prop Shaun Stodart.
Discussions are continuing between Southland parties and the Highlanders over a Super Rugby game to Invercargill in May.
The inclusion of Willis Halaholo in the Hurricanes squad is good news for the Southland Stags.
All-rounder heads to UAE with confidence after playing major role in helping Stags claim early season honours in Plunket Shield.
Ben Smith's second first class century helped Central Districts to a big first innings and left Otago in trouble.
Just 36 overs were bowled in Napier today as the Central Stags added a little to their innings.
The Central Stags were smiling at the end of day one in their Plunket Shield clash with the Otago Volts in Napier.
Southland flanker John Hardie has won the Stags player of the year award for the second year in a row.
The Otago Volts get the chance to claim a couple of international cricket scalps during the next two days.
Four Southlanders have been named in the New Zealand Maori team to play Japan next month.
OPINION: Perhaps the best thing about watching the Stags play this season was imagining what they might look like next year.
Pehi Te Whare agreed earlier this year to play a bit of club rugby league, thinking it would help his fitness.
Tim Williams kicked off with a hat-trick and later scored another to end yesterday's Wairio Trotting Club's annual mobile mile and ladies day fixture with six wins.
It had been a big month for the Southland rugby team and, in the end, it was too much.
Jamie Searle's selections for today's Winton harness meeting:
Southland's championship rugby campaign is over after a 23-18 loss to Manawatu in Palmerston North.
Sudden death rugby has become familiar territory for the Southland Stags as they prepare to face Manawatu.
In 2001, Bryan Milne pulled on the Stags jersey for the first time.
Nathan Burdon takes a look at the five things the Southland Stags need to do to beat the Turbos.
Talemaitoga Tuapati has served a lengthy rugby apprenticeship, but it seems to now be all falling into place for the Stags hooker.
Southland given enough points to advance
Southland will take renewed confidence into their championship semifinal against Manawatu after a heartbreaking miss in their Ranfurly Shield challenge on Saturday.
Hawke's Bay had to work hard to overcome a brave challenge from Southland, drawing 20-20.
Winning the Ranfurly Shield is one thing, but the Stags just want to put on a good performance at McLean Park this afternoon.
Jamie Searle's selections for the Gore harness meeting today:
Lima Sopoaga made his provincial debut for Wellington four years ago but surprisingly today will be his first crack at the Ranfurly Shield.
Lima Sopoaga made his provincial debut for Wellington four years ago but surprisingly tomorrow will be his first crack at the Ranfurly Shield.
Successful Woodlands club coach Damien Pine will take charge of the Southland sevens team this season.
The Southland Stags will head to Napier this week with a huge challenge in front of them to make the NPC semis.
Willis Halaholo is yet to get the call from a Super Rugby coach.
Counties Manukau produce strong second half display to overcome Southland 24-10 on a miserable Invercargill afternoon.
Jamie Verran was being lined up as the Stags No 10 this season and Brad Mooar is confident in the Woodlands player.
By day they're farmers and stock agents but, every four years, they reignite their international rugby careers.
Southland Stags star first five-eighth sitting out match against Steelers owing to a family wedding.
Strapping Southland Boys' High School centre was a star of the Southland under-14 rugby team's unbeaten season.
Mark Jackman has been the Southland rugby team's Mr Fixit this season and he's hoping to return to the Stags in 2015.
Craig Smith rates Sunday's win over Canterbury as the best game of rugby he's played in.
There's a spring in the step in Stagland, but also a realisation of the hard work ahead to make the NPC semifinals.
The Stags are no strangers to unlikely victories in Christchurch, and today's 28-26 win was desperately needed.
Mark Jackman's utility value has seen him named at fullback for the Stags' clash with Canterbury.