Michael Hobbs is all geared up for a new rugby experience when the Highlanders play his old team, the Blues, at Carisbrook tomorrow night.
Highlanders team to play the Blues in a Super 14 rugby match at Carisbrook in Dunedin on Friday:
Young first five-eighth Michael Hobbs will start for the Highlanders in their Super 14 rugby match against the Blues in Dunedin on Friday after Matt Berquist was ruled out with injury.
The Crusaders, even without a number of key players smoothly rolled to a 32-17 Super 14 rugby victory over South Island rivals the Highlanders in Christchurch tonight.
Promising fullback Israel Dagg believes it is a make-or-break season for himself and the Highlanders as they prepare for their Super 14 opener against the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.
There are just two new caps in the starting line-up for the Highlanders to take on the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.
Angus Bradshaw has resigned as from the Highlanders board, the fifth member of the board to leave in the past year.
The Highlanders will begin their pre-season Super 14 rugby campaign with a match against The Chiefs at Carisbrook on January 23.
Kereyn Smith's appointment to the Highlanders board has broken new ground for rugby in the South - she is the franchise's first female director.
Coach Glenn Moore left the best for last and had the Highlanders scaling the steep steps on Jacobs Ladder at St Clair yesterday.
The Highlanders should be just that little more evasive once their crash course in grappling is over.
Highlanders coach Glenn Moore admits next year is a critical one for the franchise but believes, after two years of building, he has the squad to take the next step.
Despite having a stand-out year for Southland, Highlanders rookie Robbie Robinson did not take his selection for the Super 14 side for granted.
Seven wins over the past two years. Well, seven victories must be the minimum goal for the Highlanders of 2010.
Southland's outstanding season has been recognised with the selection of a record 11 players in the 2010 Highlanders squad announced this morning.
The Highlanders are due to be named tomorrow for the 2010 season. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn looks at a possible squad in what is going to be the defining year for coach Glenn Moore.