Woodlands crush Marist for third straight title


Woodlands are becoming a Southland club rugby dynasty.

Stags hopefuls get one last chance to impress


The Stags 2014 squad is expected to be named in the next two days, with the decision-makers to take one final look at the video from games played at the weekend.

Crusader Corey Flynn reflects on Southland past

Corey Flynn

Veteran hooker Corey Flynn talks about his journey from being a Southland kid to a Crusaders legend.

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.

Last chance to impress Southland Stags selectors

Brad Mooar

Potential Stags players have one more outing this weekend to put their hand up for a place in the 2014 squad.

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

CLUB RUGBY: Premier division

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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.

Jason Rutledge rules out switch from Southland

Jason Rutledge

Southland veteran Jason Rutledge says he could not bring himself to play for another province.

Jason Rutledge ready for final club onslaught

Jason Rutledge

Veteran hooker returns from injury on Saturday and is determined to claim a spot in the 2014 Stags squad.

Imported Stag Koen makes Highlanders

JP Koen

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.

Jimmy Cowan sheds his Stag's antlers

Jimmy Cowan

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.

Edendale get top billing going into quarterfinals

CLUB RUGBY: Division 1

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The top eight teams in division one will go through to the knockout stages next weekend.

Under-19 training squad trimmed

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The Southland under-19 rugby training squad has been trimmed as the buildup to the first national under-19 tournament continues.

Good news at last for Stags' Fullback Robinson

Robbie Robinson

Fullback Robbie Robinson has been given the green light to get back into training and hopes he can still play some part in this year's national provincial championship season after all.

Town trio too much for plucky Country

Dillan Halaholo

Town edged Country 34-27 at Rugby Park as players staked their claims for this year's Stags squad.

Injury forces Stags hooker Hall to ponder future

David Hall

Veteran Stags hooker David Hall's career in doubt after season-ending bicep injury.

Raimona ready for new challenge in Taranaki

Tuki Raimona

Former NZ under-20 prop puts difficult 12 months behind him to restart his stalled rugby career in Taranaki.

Marist win timely in top-four push

Team jumps to second

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Marist's 22-19 win over Star on Saturday was a timely one as the top four teams in Southland premier rugby jostle for finishing positions down the home straight.

Sports Roundup

A wrap of Southland sport today.

Lima Sopoaga aware he needs to step it up

Lima Sopoaga

Lima Sopoaga hoping to regain the form which helped the Highlanders’ improbable climb into the Super Rugby playoff zone.

Highlanders to focus on defence against Chiefs

Jamie Joseph

Tomorrow night's Highlanders will be a different outfit to the team which took on the Chiefs earlier this season.

Southland's Mana Harrison's new lease of life

Mana Harrison

Former Southland winger Mana Harrison is enjoying a second rugby life with Bluff.

Town vs Country game to be Stags trial

Brad Mooar

Southland coach Brad Mooar is treating Wednesday's Town vs Country game as a Stags trial.

Club players enjoy step up in Barbarians game

Brad Mooar's first taste of the Rugby Park home coaching box didn't produce a win but there were some promising signs for the coming season.

Teenager outstanding in Pirates-Old Boys win

CLUB RUGBY: Premier division

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Teenage Pirates-Old Boys fullback Mike Molloy racked up four tries on Saturday as his team dished out a 68-nil thumping to a struggling Midlands.

Tough trial for Highlanders against Barbarians

Phil Burleigh

The Highlanders struggled to subdue a spirited NZ Barbarians side at Invercargill's Rugby Park tonight.

No regrets as Chris King abdicates for France

Chris King

Highlanders prop Chris King will leave New Zealand rugby for France with no regrets.

Highlanders keen to halt form slide vs Baabaas

Liam Coltman

Ask anyone at the Highlanders and they'll say tonight's game against the NZ Barbarians is more than a training run.

Highlander Hardie has no plans to hold back

John Hardie

Highlanders flanker John Hardie hopes to put plenty of pressure on Shane Christie in the final weeks of the season.

Rico Gear to face Highlanders for Barbarians


Former All Black wing Rico Gear will lineup for the Barbarians in their match up with the Highlanders on Friday.

Boys' High coach relishes fresh challenge

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Mark Ozich is bracing himself for the important challenge of working with New Zealand's best young rugby talent.

Provincial cracks at touring teams a distant memory

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Does tonight's Crusaders-versus-England fixture have anyone else pining for the good old days?

Rutledge injured in Woodlands win

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Veteran hooker Jason Rutledge is expected to miss three or four weeks of rugby after picking up a grade two calf injury in Woodlands' tight 15-10 win over Blues on Friday night at Rugby Park.

James Wilson very at home in Northampton

James Wilson

Former Stags and Highlanders utility back loving life and rugby in England's east Midlands.

Waikaka ends Bluff's unbeaten streak

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Waikaka became the first team to claim a Bluff scalp this season with a 34-13 home win in division one club rugby on Saturday.

Barbarians go down in 'intense game'

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Eastern-Northern Barbarians coach Brenton Taylor could not bring himself to get too upset about his team's 22-7 loss to Woodlands in Southland's premier club rugby competition on Saturday.

Burdon: Support them all - they're Southlanders

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NATHAN BURDON - The Southland Times

OPINION: Welcome to the future, Southland rugby fans.

Lima Sopoaga step closer to Barbarians role

Lima Sopoaga

Lima Sopoaga has been aligned to the Eastern-Northern Barbarians in Southland and will link up with his new club in Gore for the first time.

Tres bien! Apanui reunited with Southland Stags

Richard Apanui

Richard Apanui will make his return to Southland club rugby on Saturday.

Sopoaga can break a new trail

Lima Sopoaga

Is Lima Sopoaga Southland rugby's best signing yet? Time is the only thing that can answer that.

Gore lad McKenzie shines on world stage

Damian McKenzie

Eastern Southland lad Damian McKenzie is not the biggest player on the park, but that is what makes him so deceptive on attack.

Jimmy Cowan looking for return to Super Rugby

Jimmy Cowan

Jimmy Cowan is returning to NZ this month and has indicated he's keen to play NPC and Super Rugby.

Wilson on bench as Saints claim title

Former Southland rugby player James Wilson has won an English premiership title with Northampton Saints.

Highlanders get break to prepare for big three


The Highlanders will make the most of a 10-day break during the June test window before a tough three-game finish to the Super Rugby regular season.

Lima Sopoaga signs deal in big coup for Stags

Lima Sopoaga

Highlanders first-five Lima Sopoaga will be a Southland Stag for the next two seasons.

No 10 Lima Sopoaga signs for Southland Stags

Lima Sopoaga

Rugby Southland have signed Highlanders first-five Lima Sopoaga for the next two years.

A snapshot of Southland Sports Awards finalists and achievements

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The ILT Southland Sports Awards on Friday night will celebrate the very best of Southland sport.

New Stags coach getting all ducks in a row

Brad Mooar

Preparation for the 2014 Stags season continues at pace under new coach Brad Mooar.

Midlands' Stewart twins have big talent

Club players heading for Stags?

Jordan and Sam Stewart

Former All Black Paul Henderson reckons Jordan Stewart and his brother, Sam, have a big rugby future.

No 9 Smith remains No 1 target for Highlanders

Aaron Smith

The Highlanders hope to lock an off-contract Aaron Smith in until at least 2017.
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