The thing with following a sports team with great passion is that it engenders a real sense of ownership.
Tries, triumph, tears and tension - games like this remind you why schoolboy rugby can be drama on a magnificent scale.
Excelsior beat Kurow 44-32 in an entertaining main game in North Otago premier club rugby today. The other two Citizens Shield games were one-sided. Old Boys bounced back from its first...
• Ranking . . . One thing is certain ahead of tonight's Super rugby semifinal in Sydney and (fingers crossed) the final in Dunedin or Wellington.
James Lentjes will again go from club to Super rugby and be asked to perform a key role for the Highlanders on Saturday night.
Kurow pulled off a massive upset in North Otago club rugby when it beat Old Boys 20-12 today.
The Highlanders have been able to name two heavy hitters for the Super rugby playoff game against the Chiefs in Dunedin on Saturday night.
She is the Oamaru girl who played rugby for Otago, married a Highlander, battled an eating disorder, started her own business and helped the Irish women's team win the Six Nations. Sports editor Hayden Meikle catches up with the dazzling, delightful Sene Naoupu.
Hayden Meikle takes a quick look at two wildly different games that might appeal on these cold winter nights.
All Black centre Malakai Fekitoa has been ruled out of the Highlanders team to play the Blues tomorrow night.
Community support has been lauded after a crash in the Hakataramea Valley at the weekend in which six people were thrown from a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
Portugal and Andre Silva - keep an eye on both as the Fifa Under 20 World Cup gets to the business stage.
Portugal brought a touch of class to Otago Stadium with a 3-1 win over Colombia in the Fifa Under-20 World Cup game today.
Serbia qualified top of Group D with a 2-0 win over Mexico in the Fifa Under-20 World Cup game at Otago Stadium tonight.
Five Highlanders will feel right at home when they travel to Napier to play the Hurricanes tomorrow night.
The Otago Rugby Football Union has cancelled most grades of rugby this weekend.
Joel Stevens is a staunch southern man but he is as excited as a schoolboy whose birthday party is just about to start.