Chief executive Steve Tew claims the New Zealand Rugby Union has helped the Highlanders on and off the field and now it is up to the region to show it wants the side.
Highlanders team named to play the Brumbies in a Super 14 rugby match in Canberra on Saturday:
Highlanders assistant coach Peter Russell says an incident in Queenstown he was involved in has been blown out of all proportion and he has done nothing wrong.
Take a bow Highlanders forward pack. The front eight in blue were committed, totally enthusiastic, and never stopped going
We all love doing it. In fact, is there anything better in sport in this country than getting one over the big noisy neighbour?
The Highlanders have been hard hit by injuries and should be proud of the way they played last week, All Black assistant coach Steve Hansen says.
Highlanders coach Glenn Moore believed his side put on its best 80-minute performance of the season in dispatching the Waratahs last night.
The Highlanders revelled in their role as spoilers to upset the Waratahs 26-10 in a Super 14 rugby match in Invercargill tonight.
Hooker Jason Rutledge believes the Southland factor will work to the Highlanders' advantage when they play the Waratahs in their Super 14 match in Invercargill on Friday night. Rutledge is one of a big Southland contingent who will play their only match of the campaign in Invercargill to kick off round 12.
The struggling Highlanders will be without some key players for Friday's Super 14 rugby match against the Waratahs at Invercargill.
Highlanders team to play the Waratahs in a Super 14 rugby match at Invercargill on Friday:
Highlanders and All Black loose forward Adam Thomson admits playing for a winning side does breed confidence and make you play better, but he will find it hard to leave Otago and the Highlanders.
The Hurricanes kept alive their slim hopes of making the playoffs when they narrowly edged the Highlanders 33-31 in an entertaining Super 14 rugby match at Dunedin.
Highlanders first five-eighth Michael Hobbs says his form has mirrored the side's this year, and both need some consistency in their game as they begin what he calls "a mini-season".
Highlanders coach Glenn Moore had not pressed the panic button, though his options were limited when he named his side to take on the Hurricanes in the Super 14 match in Dunedin tomorrow night.
The Highlanders have stuck with the tried and largely failed for their Super 14 rugby match against the Hurricanes in Dunedin on Saturday night.
Halfback Piri Weepu has been named on the bench as Hurricanes rugby coach Colin Cooper made two changes to his starting 15 to face the Highlanders in a Super 14 match in Dunedin on Saturday.
Highlanders coach Glenn Moore says the biggest pressure comes from within, and he is not listening to those calling for his head.