Steve Hepburn

Sevens is not for me, Smith says

Highlanders captain Ben Smith is not having any second thoughts about turning his back on the chance of an Olympic gold medal.

Rugby: No4 Whitelock’s chance in No8

Rugby: No4 Whitelock’s chance in No8

Sometimes it can be tough being the youngest.

Rugby: Highlanders facing a huge challenge against Chiefs at home

Rugby: Highlanders facing a huge challenge against Chiefs at home

The challenges do not come any steeper than the one facing the Highlanders in Hamilton tomorrow night.

Rugby: Some tough tussles likely as top players test their mettle

Rugby: Some tough tussles likely as top players test their mettle

There are match-ups all over the field when the Chiefs take on the Highlanders in Hamilton tomorrow night. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn looks at three games within games which will be worth watching.

Rugby: Walden ‘really keen to get out there’

Rugby: Walden ‘really keen to get out there’

Teihorangi Walden dipped his toe in the water, jumped in oh, so briefly, but was forced out with a sore head.

Rugby: Christie out, Squire in doubt but Naholo likely

Rugby: Christie out, Squire in doubt but Naholo likely

The Highlanders will be without co-captain Shane Christie for the next couple of weeks at least and doubts surround the availability of rugged No.8 Liam Squire.

Euphoria for fans of Foxes (+ video)

Euphoria for fans of Foxes (+ video)

Dreams do come true. Just ask John Hayden and Natalie Evans.

Rugby: Highlanders struggling for bonus points

Rugby: Highlanders struggling for bonus points

In 2014, the Highlanders made the playoffs thanks to bonus points.

Rugby: Form: some players have it, others not so much

Rugby: Form: some players have it, others not so much

As the Super rugby season heads past the halfway mark and All Black selection is just around the corner, rugby writer Steve Hepburn picks a form XV from the five New Zealand sides.

Rugby: More discipline needed this time

Rugby: More discipline needed this time

The Highlanders are back in the winner's circle but need to play better to be competitive on Saturday, says coach Jamie Joseph.