Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph re-signs

06:45, Jul 10 2012
Chiefs v Highlanders
Chris Noakes comes in to tackle Fritz Lee.
Chiefs v Highlanders
Sonny Bill Williams on the charge against the Highlanders.
Chiefs v Highlanders
Adam Thomson passes against the Chiefs.
Chiefs v Highlanders
Andrew Hore trys to stop Lelia Masaga as he scores the Chiefs' first try.
Chiefs v Highlanders
Andrew Hore holds his sore shoulder against the Chiefs.
Highlanders bench
The Highlanders bench feeling the intensity of a close match in the second half.
Highlanders bench
A packed Forsyth Barr Stadium for the Highlanders' debut match at their new home.
John Hardie
Highlanders No 7 John Hardie gets knocked back in the tackle.
Adam Thomson
Adam Thomson attempts to slip out of the ankle-lock by Crusader Matt Todd.
Buxton Popoali'i
Lively Highlanders wing Buxton Popoali'i is taken to the ground by Matt Todd.
Hosea Gear
Making himself an instant hero with Highlanders fans, Hosea Gear dives over for the match-winning try.
John Hardie
Highlanders openside flanker John Hardie celebrates his second half try with Tamati Ellison (left) against the Waratahs.
Adam Thomson
Highlanders No 6 Adam Thomson grabs a lineout throw against the Waratahs.
Highlanders scrum
Hooker Jason Rutledge pops up as the Highlanders scrum pushes the Waratahs back.
Hurricanes gallery
Adam Thomson of the Highlanders makes his way through a pack of Hurricanes.
Hurricanes gallery
Adam Thomson of the Highlanders makes his way through a pack of Hurricanes.
Hurricanes gallery
TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes and Hosea Gear of the Highlanders tangle.
Hurricanes gallery
Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes and Colin Slade of the Highlanders watch the ball.
Hurricanes gallery
Kade Poki of the Highlanders lifts TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes in the tackle.
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Ben Smith of the Highlanders is tackled by Henry Speight of the Brumbies.
Highlanders
Henry Speight of the Brumbies fends off the tackle of Colin Slade.
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Aaron Smith of the Highlanders is tackled by Stephen Moore of the Brumbies.
Highlanders
Ben Mowen of the Brumbies looks to pass the ball against the Highlanders.
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Colin Slade of the Highlanders is taken from the field with a suspected broken leg against the Brumbies.
Highlanders
Colin Slade of the Highlanders is taken from the field with a suspected broken leg against the Brumbies.
Highlanders v Rebels
Adam Thomson on the charge as the Rebels' James O'Connor looks on.
Highlanders v Rebels
Adam Thomson after scoring his third try of the game against the Rebels.
Highlanders v Rebels
Jimmy Cowan before feeding the ball into the scrum against the Rebels.
Highlanders v Rebels
Ben Smith being tackled by Rebels' Tom Chamberlain.
Highlanders v Rebels
Hosea Gear is tackled by Rebels' Luke Jones.
Highlanders v Rebels
Chris King & Josh Bekhuis congratule Ben Smith after his first try of the game.
Hosea Gear gallery
The Highlanders Hosea Gear makes a break with the Blues Gareth Anscombe (left) in pursuit.
Blues v Highlanders
Highlanders player Kurt Baker celebrates scoring his try in the second half against the Blues.
Blues v Highlanders
Highlanders player Kurt Baker celebrates scoring his try in the second half against the Blues.
Blues v Highlanders
Highlanders player Hosea Gear about to be tackled by Blues players.
Blues v Highlanders
Highlanders' Jarrad Hoeata tackling Blues' George Moala.
Blues v Highlanders
Highlanders fan Renee Stewart celebrates.
Blues v Highlanders
Blues player Tom McCartney lines up the Highlanders' Adam Thomson.
Jimmy Cowan
Jimmy Cowan gets a pass away in the Highlanders win over the Cheetahs.
James Haskell
James Haskell breaks through the Cheetahs' defence.
Jarrad Hoeata
Jarrad Hoeata looks to offload.
Adam Thomson
Adam Thomson makes a break during the Highlanders win over the Cheetahs.
Jarrad Hoeata
Hosea Gear tackles Patrick Lambie of the Sharks off the ball.
Jarrad Hoeata
Paul Jordaan and Tim Whithead of the Sharks look to tackle Nasi Manu.
Jarrad Hoeata
Sharks players celebrates after a Patrick Lambie try.
Jarrad Hoeata
Jacques Botes of the Sharks tackles Shaun Treeby.
Highlanders v Hurricanes
Nasi Manu of the Highlanders is tackled against the Hurricanes.
Highlanders v Hurricanes
Adam Thomson of the Highlanders lining up a tackle on Jeffery Toomaga-Allen of the Hurricanes.
Highlanders v Hurricanes
Mike Delany of the Highlanders is tackled by Tim Bateman of the Hurricanes.
Highlanders v Hurricanes
Hosea Gear of the Highlanders is tackled by Tim Bateman and Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes.
Highlanders v Hurricanes
Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes is not happy at Adam Thomson of the Highlanders being allowed his try.
Blues V Highlanders
Highlanders centre Tamati Ellison is tackled by Blues' second-five Michael Hobbs.
Blues V Highlanders
Highlanders flanker Adam Thomson gets isolated against the Blues.
Blues V Highlanders
Highlanders left wing Hosea Gear in action against the Blues.
Blues V Highlanders
Blues right wing David Raikuna is scragged by Highlanders halfback Jimmy Cowan.
Blues V Highlanders
Highlanders captain Jamie Mackintosh attacks the Blues' line.
Crusaders v Highlanders
Adam Thompson hits Andy Ellis into touch.
Crusaders v Highlanders
Kieran Read rubs Jarrad Hoeata's face in the dirt.
Crusaders v Highlanders
Wyatt Crockett scores for the Crusdaders.
Crusaders v Highlanders
Ben Smith and Andy Ellis have a punch up.
Crusaders v Highlanders
George Whitelock of the Crusaders gets a yellow card.
Highlanders v Chiefs
Chiefs player Sonny Bill Williams is tackled by Highlanders player Tamati Ellison.
Highlanders v Chiefs
Highlanders players lie gutted on the ground after losing to the Chiefs 21-27.
Highlanders v Chiefs
Highlanders player Hosea Gear about to be tackled by Sonny Bill Williams.
Highlanders v Chiefs
Highlanders player Jarrad Hoeata is tackled.
Reds v Highlanders
Jamie Mackintosh passes to support out wide against the Reds.
Reds v Highlanders
James Haskell carries the ball up strongly for the Highlanders against the Reds.
Reds v Highlanders
Reds' Saia Faingaa runs into the tackle of James Haskell.
Reds v Highlanders
The Highlanders score late in the second half against the Reds.

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
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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