Steve Hepburn

Dermody now fulltime

Dermody now fulltime

Clarke Dermody is the Highlanders new scrum and assistant forwards coach while Jon Preston is moving more into player development.

Rugby: Is this the American Dream?

The All Blacks are Stateside and are spreading the rugby message. But what would have happened if Columbus had got his bearings all wrong, the British ended up discovering the United States, and rugby had become the national game? Rugby writer Steve Hepburn looks at a dream team of the land of the free and home of the brave.

Rugby: Otago union on the ball as player numbers rise

Rugby: Otago union on the ball as player numbers rise

Player numbers have steadily increased in Otago and the number of registered players nationally has topped the 150,000 mark.

Rugby: Banks here because he wants to start games

Rugby: Banks here because he wants to start games

Marty Banks says the chance to start games was a major reason why he moved south rather than north for next year's Super rugby season.

Sevens: Southern team in new event

Sevens: Southern team in new event

A new national women's sevens competition will be played in Taupo over the next few weeks, and it will include a strong side from the South.

Rugby: Six ex-Highlanders now with Blues

Rugby: Six ex-Highlanders now with Blues

It is out with the not so old, and in with the very, very young.

Rugby: Just eight from South in Highlanders

Rugby: Just eight from South in Highlanders

The Highlanders squad for next season will feature just eight players from the South - a record low - but the boss of the franchise says that is simply the reality of professional sport.

Rugby: Otago big in franchise's wider squad

Rugby: Otago big in franchise's wider squad

Otago may have supplied only five players to the Highlanders but it has a healthy representation in the franchise's wider training squad.

Rugby: Who will finalists be?

Rugby: Who will finalists be?

The ITM Cup semifinals kick off tonight. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn takes a look at the four games and attempts to pick some winners.

Rugby: New Otago coach will be looking to the clubs

Rugby: New Otago coach will be looking to the clubs

Otago will stick to picking its players from the club competition in the future and will not be getting out the cheque book to sign players.