Highlanders boss Roger Clark has already resigned himself to the side playing only New Zealand teams again next year.
There's doubt as to whether crowds will be able to attend this weekend's southern sporting events, including the Highlanders clash with the Hurricanes in Dunedin.
The Highlanders threw it all out there, and more, in Christchurch yesterday in a gutsy and courageous effort but ultimately came up short against the Crusaders.
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The Highlanders have made just one change to their team to take on the Crusaders on Sunday in Christchurch.
It is going to be tough for the Highlanders to win on Sunday against the Crusaders, but the side is not going to hoist the white flag.
All Blacks and Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith has done many freakish things on the rugby field over his career, but a trysaving effort against the Blues on Sunday might take the cake.
Highlanders outside back Nehe Milner-Skudder referees the under-12 match between West Taieri and Green Island at Miller Park on Saturday.
Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger said his side's failure to put the foot on the pedal cost it against a big and powerful Blues side.
In an inspired effort that mixed beauty with the beast, the Blues delivered their best performance of the season to claim the Gordon Hunter Memorial Trophy for the first time since 2012.
Join us from 3.35pm for live updates from the Highlanders' Super Rugby Aotearoa game against the Blues at Forsyth Barr Stadium.