All Black and Highlanders loose forward Liam Squire has inked a two-year deal with a Japanese club.
Highlanders midfielder Sio Tomkinson is due to face a hearing tomorrow night over his red card in the match against the Chiefs, and he looks certain to spend time on the sideline.
The Highlanders took down the Chiefs 30-27 to kick off of the Super Rugby season – and with it the start of referee controversies.
Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger paid tribute to his new players and his old ones for the side's comeback victory over the Chiefs in Hamilton last night.
The Highlanders came alive in the final quarter of the first Super Rugby game of the season, beating the Chiefs 30-27 in Hamilton.
The World Cup always signals change for the sport in New Zealand, as players head away and others rise up.
You can talk about luck. You can talk about the referees. You can even find some sort of conspiracy theory in the draw.
Everyone was available to play for the Highlanders, but it will be a mixed team which clashes with the Chiefs in Hamilton tomorrow night.
The Chiefs have named a surprising line-up for their Super Rugby opener against the Highlanders on Friday.
The Highlanders have mixed up their side for the opening game of the season against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday.
Players want to play - and in the case of Highlanders flanker James Lentjes that will be more than welcome this season.
Liam Squire is the latest Highlander and All Black linked with a move offshore and all signs point to a move north after the World Cup.
The Highlanders have lost in the final minute to the Crusaders in their last hitout before the season gets under way.
The Crusaders have scored a try in the final minute to beat the Highlanders 43-38 in a pre-season game at Southbridge in Canterbury tonight.