Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph re-signs

The Highlanders score late in the second half against the Reds.
The Highlanders score late in the second half against the Reds.
Nasi Manu of the Highlanders is tackled against the Hurricanes.
Nasi Manu of the Highlanders is tackled against the Hurricanes.
Reds' Saia Faingaa runs into the tackle of James Haskell.
Reds' Saia Faingaa runs into the tackle of James Haskell.
James Haskell carries the ball up strongly for the Highlanders against the Reds.
James Haskell carries the ball up strongly for the Highlanders against the Reds.
Jamie Mackintosh passes to support out wide against the Reds.
Jamie Mackintosh passes to support out wide against the Reds.
Adam Thomson of the Highlanders lining up a tackle on Jeffery Toomaga-Allen of the Hurricanes.
Adam Thomson of the Highlanders lining up a tackle on Jeffery Toomaga-Allen of the Hurricanes.
Hosea Gear of the Highlanders is tackled by Tim Bateman and Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes.
Hosea Gear of the Highlanders is tackled by Tim Bateman and Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes.
Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes is not happy at Adam Thomson of the Highlanders being allowed his try.
Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes is not happy at Adam Thomson of the Highlanders being allowed his try.
Kieran Read rubs Jarrad Hoeata's face in the dirt.
Kieran Read rubs Jarrad Hoeata's face in the dirt.
Wyatt Crockett scores for the Crusdaders.
Wyatt Crockett scores for the Crusdaders.
Chiefs player Sonny Bill Williams is tackled by Highlanders player Tamati Ellison.
Chiefs player Sonny Bill Williams is tackled by Highlanders player Tamati Ellison.
George Whitelock of the Crusaders gets a yellow card.
George Whitelock of the Crusaders gets a yellow card.
Highlanders player Jarrad Hoeata is tackled.
Highlanders player Jarrad Hoeata is tackled.
Ben Smith and Andy Ellis have a punch up.
Ben Smith and Andy Ellis have a punch up.
Adam Thompson hits Andy Ellis into touch.
Adam Thompson hits Andy Ellis into touch.
Highlanders player Hosea Gear about to be tackled by Sonny Bill Williams.
Highlanders player Hosea Gear about to be tackled by Sonny Bill Williams.
Highlanders left wing Hosea Gear in action against the Blues.
Highlanders left wing Hosea Gear in action against the Blues.
Highlanders players lie gutted on the ground after losing to the Chiefs 21-27.
Highlanders players lie gutted on the ground after losing to the Chiefs 21-27.
Highlanders captain Jamie Mackintosh attacks the Blues' line.
Highlanders captain Jamie Mackintosh attacks the Blues' line.
Blues right wing David Raikuna is scragged by Highlanders halfback Jimmy Cowan.
Blues right wing David Raikuna is scragged by Highlanders halfback Jimmy Cowan.
Highlanders flanker Adam Thomson gets isolated against the Blues.
Highlanders flanker Adam Thomson gets isolated against the Blues.
Highlanders centre Tamati Ellison is tackled by Blues' second-five Michael Hobbs.
Highlanders centre Tamati Ellison is tackled by Blues' second-five Michael Hobbs.
Hosea Gear tackles Patrick Lambie of the Sharks off the ball.
Hosea Gear tackles Patrick Lambie of the Sharks off the ball.
Paul Jordaan and Tim Whithead of the Sharks look to tackle Nasi Manu.
Paul Jordaan and Tim Whithead of the Sharks look to tackle Nasi Manu.
Sharks players celebrates after a Patrick Lambie try.
Sharks players celebrates after a Patrick Lambie try.
Jacques Botes of the Sharks tackles Shaun Treeby.
Jacques Botes of the Sharks tackles Shaun Treeby.
Jarrad Hoeata looks to offload.
Jarrad Hoeata looks to offload.
Adam Thomson makes a break during the Highlanders win over the Cheetahs.
Adam Thomson makes a break during the Highlanders win over the Cheetahs.
James Haskell breaks through the Cheetahs' defence.
James Haskell breaks through the Cheetahs' defence.
Mike Delany of the Highlanders is tackled by Tim Bateman of the Hurricanes.
Mike Delany of the Highlanders is tackled by Tim Bateman of the Hurricanes.
Jimmy Cowan gets a pass away in the Highlanders win over the Cheetahs.
Jimmy Cowan gets a pass away in the Highlanders win over the Cheetahs.
Highlanders player Kurt Baker celebrates scoring his try in the second half against the Blues.
Highlanders player Kurt Baker celebrates scoring his try in the second half against the Blues.
Highlanders player Kurt Baker celebrates scoring his try in the second half against the Blues.
Highlanders player Kurt Baker celebrates scoring his try in the second half against the Blues.
Highlanders player Hosea Gear about to be tackled by Blues players.
Highlanders player Hosea Gear about to be tackled by Blues players.
Highlanders' Jarrad Hoeata tackling Blues' George Moala.
Highlanders' Jarrad Hoeata tackling Blues' George Moala.
Blues player Tom McCartney lines up the Highlanders' Adam Thomson.
Blues player Tom McCartney lines up the Highlanders' Adam Thomson.
Highlanders fan Renee Stewart celebrates.
Highlanders fan Renee Stewart celebrates.
The Highlanders Hosea Gear makes a break with the Blues Gareth Anscombe (left) in pursuit.
The Highlanders Hosea Gear makes a break with the Blues Gareth Anscombe (left) in pursuit.
Chris King & Josh Bekhuis congratule Ben Smith after his first try of the game.
Chris King & Josh Bekhuis congratule Ben Smith after his first try of the game.
Adam Thomson on the charge as the Rebels' James O'Connor looks on.
Adam Thomson on the charge as the Rebels' James O'Connor looks on.
Adam Thomson after scoring his third try of the game against the Rebels.
Adam Thomson after scoring his third try of the game against the Rebels.
Jimmy Cowan before feeding the ball into the scrum against the Rebels.
Jimmy Cowan before feeding the ball into the scrum against the Rebels.
Ben Smith being tackled by Rebels' Tom Chamberlain.
Ben Smith being tackled by Rebels' Tom Chamberlain.
 Hosea Gear is tackled by Rebels' Luke Jones.
Hosea Gear is tackled by Rebels' Luke Jones.
Colin Slade of the Highlanders is taken from the field with a suspected broken leg against the Brumbies.
Colin Slade of the Highlanders is taken from the field with a suspected broken leg against the Brumbies.
Colin Slade of the Highlanders is taken from the field with a suspected broken leg against the Brumbies.
Colin Slade of the Highlanders is taken from the field with a suspected broken leg against the Brumbies.
Henry Speight of the Brumbies fends off the tackle of Colin Slade.
Henry Speight of the Brumbies fends off the tackle of Colin Slade.
Ben Mowen of the Brumbies looks to pass the ball against the Highlanders.
Ben Mowen of the Brumbies looks to pass the ball against the Highlanders.
Aaron Smith of the Highlanders is tackled by Stephen Moore of the Brumbies.
Aaron Smith of the Highlanders is tackled by Stephen Moore of the Brumbies.
Ben Smith of the Highlanders is tackled by Henry Speight of the Brumbies.
Ben Smith of the Highlanders is tackled by Henry Speight of the Brumbies.
Adam Thomson of the Highlanders makes his way through a pack of Hurricanes.
Adam Thomson of the Highlanders makes his way through a pack of Hurricanes.
Adam Thomson of the Highlanders makes his way through a pack of Hurricanes.
Adam Thomson of the Highlanders makes his way through a pack of Hurricanes.
Highlanders openside flanker John Hardie celebrates his second half try with Tamati Ellison (left) against the Waratahs.
Highlanders openside flanker John Hardie celebrates his second half try with Tamati Ellison (left) against the Waratahs.
Highlanders No 6 Adam Thomson grabs a lineout throw against the Waratahs.
Highlanders No 6 Adam Thomson grabs a lineout throw against the Waratahs.
Hooker Jason Rutledge pops up as the Highlanders scrum pushes the Waratahs back.
Hooker Jason Rutledge pops up as the Highlanders scrum pushes the Waratahs back.
Making himself an instant hero with Highlanders fans, Hosea Gear dives over for the match-winning try.
Making himself an instant hero with Highlanders fans, Hosea Gear dives over for the match-winning try.
The Highlanders bench feeling the intensity of a close match in the second half.
The Highlanders bench feeling the intensity of a close match in the second half.
Adam Thomson attempts to slip out of the ankle-lock by Crusader Matt Todd.
Adam Thomson attempts to slip out of the ankle-lock by Crusader Matt Todd.
Lively Highlanders wing Buxton Popoali'i is taken to the ground by Matt Todd.
Lively Highlanders wing Buxton Popoali'i is taken to the ground by Matt Todd.
Highlanders No 7 John Hardie gets knocked back in the tackle.
Highlanders No 7 John Hardie gets knocked back in the tackle.
A packed Forsyth Barr Stadium for the Highlanders' debut match at their new home.
A packed Forsyth Barr Stadium for the Highlanders' debut match at their new home.
Andrew Hore holds his sore shoulder against the Chiefs.
Andrew Hore holds his sore shoulder against the Chiefs.
Kade Poki of the Highlanders lifts TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes in the tackle.
Kade Poki of the Highlanders lifts TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes in the tackle.
Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes and Colin Slade of the Highlanders watch the ball.
Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes and Colin Slade of the Highlanders watch the ball.
TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes and Hosea Gear of the Highlanders tangle.
TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes and Hosea Gear of the Highlanders tangle.
Andrew Hore trys to stop Lelia Masaga as he scores the Chiefs' first try.
Andrew Hore trys to stop Lelia Masaga as he scores the Chiefs' first try.
Sonny Bill Williams on the charge against the Highlanders.
Sonny Bill Williams on the charge against the Highlanders.
Chris Noakes comes in to tackle  Fritz Lee.
Chris Noakes comes in to tackle Fritz Lee.
Adam Thomson passes against the Chiefs.
Adam Thomson passes against the Chiefs.

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has re-signed with the franchise for two years.

The 42-year-old former All Black and Otago representative took up the role in 2010 following coaching stints with the New Zealand Maori and Wellington Lions.

Highlanders general manager Roger Clark said they were excited about the opportunity to continue working with Joseph.

JAMIE JOSEPH: "No injuries is good news for us, considering we've got eight or nine on the sideline already."
JAMIE JOSEPH: "No injuries is good news for us, considering we've got eight or nine on the sideline already."

"Having Jamie re-sign for another two years is a great result for the Highlanders and this will allow the franchise to build on the outstanding progress made since his arrival. 

"He has added so much value to the team and business over the past two seasons, and he'll be a central part of our next two seasons."

Joseph said with just two seasons under his belt and no playoff appearances, he had plenty of unfinished business.

"We've made some real progress over the last couple of seasons, and I want to remain because I have my sights on a very clear goal - to take the Highlanders to a Super Rugby final," he said.

The Highlanders finished eighth in 2010 and currently sit in ninth with the team on a bye in the last week of the regular season. 

The team has a 9-7 win-loss record this season which includes early-season wins against the Chiefs, Crusaders and Hurricanes - all New Zealand teams still in contention for the playoffs.

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