Highlanders first five-eighth Colin Slade will put his silky skills to the test in a charity basketball and netball match at the Edgar Centre on Sunday.
Carisbrook could have the biggest crowd for a non-test match in more than five years tomorrow night, with officials urging spectators to get to the ground early.
Crusaders Kahn Fotuali'i and Zac Guildford will make their Super 15 rugby comebacks from injury via the bench in Saturday's top-of-the-conference match against the Highlanders at Carisbrook in Dunedin.
All Black coach Graham Henry is unashamedly a fan of the Super 15's new conference format, but he is not so keen on revealing which players have impressed him most during the first four weeks of the revamped competition.
Centre Kendrick Lynn says the Highlanders have grown in belief over the past month and are benefiting from the hard work of the coaching staff.
This was mighty. As powerful as they come. Yes, indeed, the dream continues, with the Highlanders beating the Bulls 35-28 in Pretoria yesterday to collect one of the franchise's best wins.
Tony Brown admits his playing career is now measured in games rather than seasons, but he still believes he can contribute to the Highlanders.
Prop Chris King gets his first start of the season and All Black lock Tom Donnelly makes his first appearance in the squad as the Highlanders face what coach Jamie Joseph terms a "huge challenge" against the Bulls tomorrow morning.
Jamie Mackintosh admits he has received unprecedented support as a Highlander in the past week but says it will all go to waste if the side does not put on a good performance tonight.
Two from two - you'd better believe it. In the classic game of two halves - and thankfully for the Highlanders their half was better than the Chiefs - the home side ran out the winner, 23-13 at Carisbrook, to make it two wins from as many games.
The Highlanders have been near the bottom for too long. New coach Jamie Joseph wants to change that, but as he tells rugby writer Steve Hepburn, first it is about gaining some respect.
What a statement!!! The Highlanders, through some good old honest southern ticker, defeated the Hurricanes 14-9 in Wellington last night to get Jamie Joseph's coaching reign off to a fantastic start.
The Highlanders will have to do without midfield back Matt Saunders for their Super 15 rugby match against the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday morning.
There is no basking in the glory for the Highlanders after the win over the Bulls, with coach Jamie Joseph insisting the side has quickly switched its focus to the Stormers.
The Highlanders are keeping their feet on the ground but Otago rugby officials hope for a crowd of up to 20,000 when Super 15 derby rivals the Crusaders come to town in two weeks.
Is it one man? Is it the players? Or is it just luck?
Coach Jamie Joseph has made three changes to his starting lineup for the Highlanders' Super 15 match against the Bulls at Pretoria on Sunday morning.