He admitted it was a long, hard decision to make but in the end Luke Whitelock could not say no.
Beating the Crusaders is a tough ask.
Sophie Napper has made a successful switch from the court to the track.
The Southern Steel should carry some confidence into tomorrow's match against the Tactix in Invercargill.
Otago skipper Sam Anderson-Heather has hung up his boots and retired from all rugby.
Brad Wilson is about to call time on his career.
The game comes down to taking chances.
Richard Buckman is the ultimate man of versatility.
The Highlanders are moving past kicking the ball away and handing it back to the opposition, but are going to have to be deadly accurate with the ball in hand come Saturday night.
It went right down to the wire in the final of the Champion of Champion singles match at Balmacewen Bowling Club on Tuesday night.
After all the angst and head-shaking over players departing to play in Singapore this season, their season looks to be extremely limited and they could be back in Dunedin by early May.
Grants Braes has pulled out of the Football South premiership.
The Otago Volts are well in the hunt going into the final day of their match against Wellington at the University of Otago Oval.
Highlanders forward Jackson Hemopo has been lost to New Zealand rugby and and will not be playing for the Highlanders next year.
Records are made to be broken - and one of two impressive records is going to go at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday night.
The Highlanders Bravehearts - the second-string Highlanders side - will get their first hit-out of three this afternoon when they take on the Crusaders Knights in Christchurch.
Kieran Read is moving offshore and the All Blacks are on the hunt for a new skipper. Who will fill his boots and get to call heads or tails?
Robbed at the death - this one was hard to swallow.
Clyde-Earnscleugh and Lawrence have withdrawn from their respective Otago Country club competitions.
You can talk positives but it did not bring many smiles in the Highlanders camp last night.