Willis Halaholo was stunned when he was advised he would start the season from the bench, but has since proved his worth.
POLL: The Stags playing strip worn on Saturday will not be a one-off.
Otago first-five Hayden Parker kicked his side to victory against Southland in Invercargill on Saturday.
Talemaitoga Tuapati has proved his fitness and will start at hooker today against Otago in Invercargill.
Rugby Southland general manager says everything aligning to pull in big crowd for the Stags' showdown with rivals Otago today.
SCOTT EADE - The Southland TimesOPINION: Despite the nail-biting finish many had to endure watching last week's match, the team was more than happy to come away with four points.
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.
Former All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore to come out of retirement as injury cover for the Stags in the NPC.
Lima Sopoaga and Hayden Parker will each be trying to get a victory for their side in a fierce southern rugby rivalry.
Maira Boyle was recently made a life membership of the Star Rugby Club after over 30 years of tireless work.
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.
Southland's big off-season play to lure Highlanders first five-eighth Lima Sopoaga has proved to be a masterstroke.
OPINION: Hopefully what you saw last Friday was a snippet of what we are trying to achieve when we have the ball in hand this season.
Talemaitoga Tuapati will slot into Southland's No 2 jersey tonight against North Harbour, replacing the injured Jason Rutledge.
Robbie Robinson will start at fullback for North Harbour against Southland tomorrow night.
One of Southland rugby's true legends could have played his last game in the maroon jersey.
Veteran hooker Jason Rutledge has ruptured his left bicep during the Stags game against Bay of Plenty on Friday night and is out for the rest of the season.The injury occurred while making a tackle during the game.
Robbie Robinson is zeroing in on an intriguing return to the rugby field against his old team on Thursday night.
Southland start in impressive fashion with a 34-23 home win over Bay of Plenty in their round one NPC game tonight.
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.
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.
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.
As Piri Weepu leaves NZ, another former All Blacks No 9, Jimmy Cowan, could be Blues bound.
Lima Sopoaga will make his first appearance for the Stags from the bench in a pre-season match against Otago.
Stags coach Brad Mooar is urging everyone to not reach for the panic button after his team suffered a shock loss to heartland team Mid Canterbury in Oamaru on Saturday.
Stags NPC preseason
Stags outside back Junior Ngaluafe is known for his speed - after all he's one of the quickest going around in Southland.
Morgan Mitchell plays a quiet game on the rugby field, using his lip reading skills where possible.
It is a new coach and new-look squad to boot for the Southland Stags as they ramp up their preparation for the 2014 season.
Logan Savory takes a look at 12 new faces in the Southland Stags 2014 national provincial championship squad.
Woodlands are becoming a Southland club rugby dynasty.
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.
Veteran hooker Corey Flynn talks about his journey from being a Southland kid to a Crusaders legend.
Talented fullback stresses his decision to leave Southland for North Harbour was not about chasing the cash.
Potential Stags players have one more outing this weekend to put their hand up for a place in the 2014 squad.
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.
Veteran hooker returns from injury on Saturday and is determined to claim a spot in the 2014 Stags squad.
Southland veteran Jason Rutledge says he could not bring himself to play for another province.
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 Stag feels he still has two or three good years of rugby in him and wants to show that in this year's NPC.
CLUB RUGBY: Division 1
The top eight teams in division one will go through to the knockout stages next weekend.
The Southland under-19 rugby training squad has been trimmed as the buildup to the first national under-19 tournament continues.
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.