Glen Horton will make his first appearance of the year for the Highlanders in the Gordon Hunter Memorial Trophy game against the Blues at Carisbrook tomorrow night.
Toby Morland and David Hall will get rare starts for the Highlanders when they play their crunch game against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Forget the poor decision-making, the occasionally shabby defence, the wonky goal-kicking and the rather awful record of nine losses from 10 games.
Flanker Alando Soakai will be the next injured Highlander to book an early flight home from South Africa.
Daniel Bowden is a confident young man but he is keeping his head firmly screwed on as he reflects on the most difficult season of his career.
The interpretations at the breakdown by Australian referee James Leckie were baffling for the Highlanders and they paid for it in the penalty and free kick count.
Beaten but not disgraced. It is a phrase which will haunt the Highlanders when they look back on their 2008 Super 14 season.
Highlanders backs James Wilson and Niva Ta'auso appear to have paid the price for the poor performance against the Bulls by being dropped for the Stormers game this weekend.
Southland first five-eighth Blair Stewart has raced to South Africa to replace concussed Highlanders rookie Daniel Bowden.
One step forward and a few giant leaps backwards. Just when it seemed the Highlanders were making steady progress in their bid to rescue a doomed season, they go and do this.
The Highlanders are likely to return to Invercargill for a Super 14 match next season.
It will not be easy, but the Highlanders have the opportunity to turn their series of close losses into a win in the red hot atmosphere of Pretoria tomorrow morning.
Craig Newby will make a rare start at openside flanker for the Highlanders when they play the Bulls in Pretoria this weekend.
Every few years, Otago University rugby seems to produce a Josh. There was Josh Kronfeld, the peerless All Black flanker, and then Josh Blackie, the Highlanders captain unlucky to wear the black jersey only at sevens level.
James Wilson and the Highlanders were hurting last night after they narrowly failed to seal a dramatic upset win against the Sharks at Carisbrook.
Adam Thomson is delighted to have a single digit on his back tonight and has vowed to make the most of a rare start for the Highlanders.
Glenn Moore has made one of the boldest selection calls of his brief Highlanders tenure by demoting experienced halfback Jimmy Cowan to the bench for tomorrow's game against the Sharks.
Any joy the Highlanders were feeling after claiming their first win of the season evaporated quickly at the weekend when winger Lucky Mulipola was stopped by police for an alleged driving offence.
Chiefs 39 Highlanders 24