There have been plenty of murmurings sideline . Highlanders coach Tony Brown said last week the game was in a sad place. We all walk down memory lane with rose-tinted glasses but the game of rugby...
The new Highlanders haka, performed by the side last Friday night in its opening game of the season, represents the strength and intelligence of the people of the region.
The Highlanders have played a game this season, and last year played a game in front of no-one which is going to help them as they face off against the Chiefs this Friday night.
Connor Garden-Bachop fulfilled a childhood dream when he starred for the Highlanders last Friday night.
Wales remained on course for the most unlikely of Six Nations Grand Slams after they beat an indisciplined England 40-24 in a controversial match in Cardiff.
If you were gathering evidence that the Blues could be the real deal in 2021, their 31-16 season-opening victory over the Hurricanes would make a strong start to the prosecution's case.
Highlanders coach Tony Brown has accused the Crusaders of pushing "the letter of the law" after his team lost to the reigning champions in Friday's Super Rugby Aotearoa opener.
The Crusaders have made an emphatic start to the Super Rugby Aotearoa season, with a 26-13 win over the Highlanders in Dunedin.
The Crusaders will again start as favourites for Super Rugby Aotearoa which starts tomorrow, while the Hurricanes have plenty of muscle but may be weak in a couple of areas.