Bryan Milne: Southland sevens setup getting serious support

Southland sevens coach Bryan Milne says sevens programme can help unearth future Stags.

Highlanders Super Rugby loose forward Elliot Dixon at home in the No 6 jersey

Dixon is hoping to make the No 6 jersey his own this Super Rugby season.

Burdon: Still room on Highlanders bandwagon, for now.

OPINION: The reality is that space on the Highlanders bandwagon has shrunk like the polar ice cap over the summer.

One to remember

Ryal Bush trainer Hamish Hunter won't forget his fifth Wairio Cup success in a hurry.

Saunders records first training win

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.

Brendon McCullum replaces Ryan Duffy in Otago Volts side

Southland's Ryan Duffy makes way for NZ captain Brendon McCullum for the Otago's Plunket Shield game against Canterbury tomorrow.

Changing of the guard with Southland sevens

Rookie Southland sevens coach Damien Pine says it is a changing of the guard.

Worker stars in Central Districts' Napier victory

In a game where the ball dominated, Central Stags opener George Worker still managed to star.

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.

Fancy not a perfect fit for today's athletes

Sid Cumming

Sid Cumming has poured many volunteer hours into helping various sports in Southland thrive.

Volts suffer fifth straight loss against Central

The misery continues for the Otago Volts on the back of a six-wicket loss to the Central Stags at Hagley Oval today.

Dalgety on 999 NZ training wins

Cran Dalgety

Cran Dalgety left the Rangiora racecourse on Thursday with a career tally of 999 New Zealand training victories.

Dalgety seeks milestone win at Wyndham

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Cran Dalgety left Rangiora racecourse on Thursday with a career tally of 999 New Zealand training victories.

Pair get taste of top-level rugby

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Playing rugby at national level was an eye-opener for Southland Boys' High School prop Shaun Stodart.

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.

In-form Doug Bracewell departs with Black Caps

Doug Bracewell

All-rounder heads to UAE with confidence after playing major role in helping Stags claim early season honours in Plunket Shield.

Central in complete control against Otago Volts

Ben Smith Central Districts

Ben Smith's second first class century helped Central Districts to a big first innings and left Otago in trouble.

Rain dictates play between Central and Volts

Neil Wagner

Just 36 overs were bowled in Napier today as the Central Stags added a little to their innings.

Stags get the better of Otago Volts on first day

Jesse Ryder

The Central Stags were smiling at the end of day one in their Plunket Shield clash with the Otago Volts in Napier.

Hardie win Stags player of year award again

John Hardie

Southland flanker John Hardie has won the Stags player of the year award for the second year in a row.

Ideal season shakedown for the Otago Volts

Dimitri Mascarenhas

The Otago Volts get the chance to claim a couple of international cricket scalps during the next two days.

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.

Burdon: Stags should be better next year

Brad Mooar

OPINION: Perhaps the best thing about watching the Stags play this season was imagining what they might look like next year.

High noon for Cowboy Te Whare

Southland Rams

Pehi Te Whare agreed earlier this year to play a bit of club rugby league, thinking it would help his fitness.

Semifinal win a stretch too far for Southland

Manawatu Turbos

It had been a big month for the Southland rugby team and, in the end, it was too much.

Williams knocks rivals for six

Fly Like An Eagle

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.

Winton harness tips

Tim Williams

Jamie Searle's selections for today's Winton harness meeting:

Turbos end Stags' hopes at semifinal stage

Lima Sopoaga

Southland's championship rugby campaign is over after a 23-18 loss to Manawatu in Palmerston North.

It's just another knockout week for us - Mooar

Hamish Northcott

Sudden death rugby has become familiar territory for the Southland Stags as they prepare to face Manawatu.

Wing Bryan Milne committed to maroon jersey

Bryan Milne

In 2001, Bryan Milne pulled on the Stags jersey for the first time.

A recipe for Soutland Stags success

Lima Sopoaga

Nathan Burdon takes a look at the five things the Southland Stags need to do to beat the Turbos.

Tuapati cements claim for Southland spot

Talemaitoga Tuapati

Talemaitoga Tuapati has served a lengthy rugby apprenticeship, but it seems to now be all falling into place for the Stags hooker.

Brave bid gives Southland a chance in semis

Southland given enough points to advance

Junior Ngaluafe

Southland will take renewed confidence into their championship semifinal against Manawatu after a heartbreaking miss in their Ranfurly Shield challenge on Saturday.

All square as Hawke's Bay keep Ranfurly Shield

Junior Ngaluafe

Hawke's Bay had to work hard to overcome a brave challenge from Southland, drawing 20-20.

Gore HRC tips


Jamie Searle's selections for the Gore harness meeting today:

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.

It's do or die as Soutland head to Hawke's Bay

Brad Mooar

Winning the Ranfurly Shield is one thing, but the Stags just want to put on a good performance at McLean Park this afternoon.

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.

Damien Pine to coach Southland sevens side

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Successful Woodlands club coach Damien Pine will take charge of the Southland sevens team this season.

Stags can't check out again next week

Willis Halaholo

The Southland Stags will head to Napier this week with a huge challenge in front of them to make the NPC semis.

Halaholo waiting for the Super call

Willis Halaholo

Willis Halaholo is yet to get the call from a Super Rugby coach.

Counties bag bonus-point win over Stags

Toni Pulu

Counties Manukau produce strong second half display to overcome Southland 24-10 on a miserable Invercargill afternoon.

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.

Golden oldies have life-long passion for rugby

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By day they're farmers and stock agents but, every four years, they reignite their international rugby careers.

Lima Sopoaga to miss Stags' Counties match

Lima Sopoaga

Southland Stags star first five-eighth sitting out match against Steelers owing to a family wedding.

Mark Jackman hopes to return to Stags in 2015

Mark Jackman

Mark Jackman has been the Southland rugby team's Mr Fixit this season and he's hoping to return to the Stags in 2015.

Southland Boys' Josh Mason shows huge promise

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Strapping Southland Boys' High School centre was a star of the Southland under-14 rugby team's unbeaten season.

Stags lock Craig Smith gets lift from start

John Hardie

Craig Smith rates Sunday's win over Canterbury as the best game of rugby he's played in.

Southland steel themselves for semifinal push

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There's a spring in the step in Stagland, but also a realisation of the hard work ahead to make the NPC semifinals.
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