Rugby was the last thing on Ben Nolan's mind when a razor-sharp, 6cm-long tusk sliced open his calf two years ago.
Flanker Alando Soakai will be the next injured Highlander to book an early flight home from South Africa.
Richard Reid is adamant the Highlanders are going nowhere despite renewed speculation the franchise may be shifted north.
Toby Morland and David Hall will get rare starts for the Highlanders when they play their crunch game against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Highlanders coach Glenn Moore has called for more intensity and accuracy from his side in what he describes as a "test'' tomorrow morning.
North Harbour chairman Gerard van Tilborg wants a second professional rugby franchise in the greater Auckland area but says that does not mean he wants the Highlanders disbanded.
Adam Thomson, Aaron Bancroft and Mike Delany have been frustrated spectators for large parts of the season but they were the heroes of this Highlanders win.
It might have come about nine or 10 weeks too late, but Glenn Moore believes the Highlanders may have taken a significant stride in their painful development process.
Craig Newby will not be joining his great mate, Nick Evans, at Harlequins but the Highlanders captain is nearly ready to reveal where he will be playing next year.
Coach Glenn Moore knows the best way for the Highlanders to silence their critics will be with an overdue win against the Blues this weekend.
The last time David Nucifora ended his tenure with a rugby team, he overcame the disappointment of his own demise to lead it to a championship.
Three prominent figures in the Highlanders franchise are playing a role in the wide-ranging review of New Zealand rugby.
Glen Horton will make his first appearance of the year for the Highlanders in the Gordon Hunter Memorial Trophy game against the Blues at Carisbrook tomorrow night.
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The Highlanders will have a stomach-churning final weekend in the Super 14 knowing there is still a chance they will finish with the wooden spoon.
Aaron Bancroft has scored plenty of tries this season but he would trade in a couple for more starts in a Highlanders jersey.
The Taieri Under-7 Blue team is determined to get an opportunity to play at Carisbrook before the All Blacks-Springboks test on July 12.
Highlanders coach Glenn Moore has been forced into a radical overhaul of his side for tomorrow night's last game of the season, against the table-topping Crusaders in Christchurch.