Tai Tupou has been given a second chance at a professional rugby career.
Southern derbies always cultivate an extra edge. This breathless match, in which the Highlanders led 17-14 at the break, was no different.
Highlanders and All Black halfback Aaron Smith knows what it is like to "carry the sack of stones around the whole week".
A Highlanders player has asked for the off-field incidents in the build-up to the annual first XV clash between St Kevin’s College and Waitaki Boys’ High School in Oamaru to stop.
The Highlanders will have a different front row and changes out wide for their clash against the Crusaders on Saturday.
Highlanders No 8 Marino Mikaele Tu’u is making statements on the field but it comes on the back of ticking all the right boxes off the field.
The Highlanders have only just lost out to the unbeaten Blues tonight in Auckland, despite a strong second half from the Southerners.
The Blues are hosting a home game. So here comes the rain. But the Highlanders are hoping to rain on what is quickly becoming the Blues’ parade.
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Who will replace Mark Hammett — or if he will even be replaced — will come on to the Highlanders’ agenda after this season.