When Glenn Moore was dumped as Highlanders coach in 2010, his coaching career looked to be on the same trajectory as the Opportunities Party.
It has not taken Glenn Delaney long to realise how much the Highlanders mean to people in the South.
The Highlanders have drawn a tough pool in the Brisbane Tens tournament.
Ben Smith, the All Blacks fullback who is supposed to be on sabbatical, is training with the Highlanders and posting personal best scores on the field and gym.
The team has assembled, and every team of course needs a uniform.
As one rugby season finishes, another one rolls around.
Hawke's Bay loose forward Marino Mikaele Tu'u has been called into the Highlanders.
Not many would have picked it but Phil Burleigh has become the latest Highlander to play international rugby.
The Highlanders bring plenty of joy to Dunedin fans but they also bring in a fair amount of cash.
Highlanders co-captain Luke Whitelock is a step closer to a return to the All Black jersey.
Cory Brown has been confirmed as the Highlanders new high performance coach and will bring some southern experience to a new-look coaching team.
A couple of big bruisers from up north, some exciting Tasman forwards and nippy backs.
Eight new faces feature in the Highlanders' 38-man squad for 2018.
Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger will name his first squad today with questions over outside backs and a third first five-eighth.
It was supposed to be a contest but the ones in the wool won easily.
The Highlanders are looking around for a first five-eighth but it will not be Bay of Plenty pivot Mike Delany.
The Highlanders are heading back to eastern Southland for some rural action and will also visit Queenstown in their pre-season.
The Highlanders have three spots left to fill in their roster but will also explore options to replace the injured James Lentjes.
Otago and Highlanders flanker James Lentjes is out of rugby for up to six months.
The coaching door at the Highlanders continues to revolve, with speculation Otago coach Cory Brown is about to enter the building.