Steve Hepburn

Rugby: Fuatai making up for lost time

Rugby: Fuatai making up for lost time

Otago winger Fa'asiu Fuatai is following in his father's footsteps, though he is more of a finisher than his old man.

Ours now, wherever they come from

Ours now, wherever they come from

In the opening years of professional rugby, a match between Otago and Southland was a virtual Highlanders trial. But these days nothing could be further from the truth. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn looks at why, as the two sides get ready to clash tomorrow in Invercargill.

Rugby: Ioane, Brighouse to make first starts of season

Rugby: Ioane, Brighouse to make first starts of season

A head knock picked up by Lee Allan last week will result in TJ Ioane making his first start of the season when Otago takes on Southland in Invercargill tomorrow.

Rugby: Hore set to be among Southland reserves

Rugby: Hore set to be among Southland reserves

Andrew Hore was already scheduled to be at Rugby Park in Invercargill tomorrow.

Rugby: Calling on any quality hookers

Rugby: Calling on any quality hookers

Where have all the hookers gone ? Well, All Black-level hookers anyway. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn looks at why there does not appear to be a queue forming to replace stalwarts Andrew Hore and Keven Mealamu.

Rugby: Oh brother, that's a lot of points for one season

Rugby: Oh brother, that's a lot of points for one season

Matt Whaanga - 33 tries, 62 conversions, a dropped goal, and five penalties.

Rugby: All not lost as far as shield concerned

Rugby: All not lost as far as shield concerned

Otago may have missed out on winning the Ranfurly Shield but there is a chance it could have another crack - if not two - at the Log O' Wood.

Rugby: First XV competition set to change

Rugby: First XV competition set to change

The Highlanders First XV competition looks set for some major surgery that may include a rejigged format and a move to crack down on teams importing players.

Rugby: Errors costly in shield challenge

Rugby: Errors costly in shield challenge

Add this one to the revived book of near-misses in Otago Ranfurly shield history.

Rugby: Otago taught physical lesson

Rugby: Otago taught physical lesson

Otago got a lesson in the physicality of the game on Saturday, and coach Tony Brown says it must reach that level if it is to be competitive against the better teams.