As the Highlanders prepare to take their pre-season to the next step, they have lost a promising youngster.
Highlanders pre-season training at Logan Park yesterday started with the players picking up branches and leaves scattered across the field by Monday’s strong winds.
What's on NZR Rugby chief executive Mark Robinson's agenda, and how much can he actually do? Rugby writer Steve Hepburn looks at what he'll be measured on, and whether he can make any difference.
Sir Steve Hansen was honoured with a knighthood in the New Year Honours announced today following a reign as the most successful All Blacks coach.
In a short series, the Otago Daily Times talks to those people who work behind the scenes to keep sport going. Steve Hepburn talks to Jeff Grubb, who has played on both sides of the field.
Missing four weeks is bad enough for Highlanders lock Manaaki Selby-Rickit but it could have been much worse.
England coach Eddie Jones believes New Zealand Rugby have a serious challenge ahead of them to retain their status as the world's greatest rugby nation.
Highlanders lock Manaaki Selby-Rickit has been suspended from rugby for four weeks, after he was found guilty of serious misconduct by a New Zealand Rugby Misconduct hearing.
Most must find it rather perplexing, but those at the coal face are fully aware the Highlanders have a game in under four weeks.
When new All Blacks coach Ian Foster announced his coaching staff on Thursday, he didn't shy away from the elephant in the room.
The domestic rugby season came to an end last weekend with the national sevens tournament in Tauranga. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn looks back on a season which had highs and lows but perhaps too...
If there's one area that will sit high on Ian Foster and John Plumtree's immediate agenda next year it's bolstering the All Blacks locking depth.