Horsing around, horses for courses, horse play - the jokes keep coming.
It is not only fans who have increased expectations for the Highlanders next season.
The Highlanders will visit every part of the region in the coming season.
England flanker James Haskell says playing for the Highlanders in next year's Super Rugby competition will be the toughest challenge of his career but he is looking forward to working under coach Jamie Joseph.
Coach Jamie Joseph, who brought magic to the Highlanders last year, added a new trick by signing English loose forward James Haskell.
New Highlanders recruit James Haskell is among three England rugby stars disciplined following misconduct during the Rugby World Cup.
Richard Reid would like to have seen better results on the field but he says he leaves Otago rugby with few other regrets.
Colin Slade has spent a week in hospital fighting an infection but is determined it won't delay his start to the Super Rugby season with the Highlanders.
Chief executive Roger Clark says it is "unlikely" English loose forward James Haskell will be seen in a Highlanders jersey next year.
The Highlanders will name their final squad next week but do not expect any surprises.
These days it appears a good accountant is as important to a team as a first five-eighth - even one as good as Dan Carter.
The Highlanders have added another significant piece to their squad with the signing of former All Black Tamati Ellison on a two-year deal.
Highlanders fans upset about the controversial green jersey can finally have their say.
Hosea Gear is a Highlander. Gear (27), the discarded All Black winger, has signed a one year contract with the southern franchise, and is leaving the Hurricanes after eight years. His...
Hosea Gear is a Highlander, coming south in the hope it propels him back into the All Blacks.
The Highlanders green jersey is on the way out with the boss of the franchise admitting it might have been a mistake.
The Highlanders will be based at Forsyth Barr Stadium next year with the chances of games being played in Invercargill described as remote.
Former All Black lock Tom Donnelly will play for the Crusaders next season as the Highlanders look to free up cash to sign some gamebreakers.
Highlanders utility back Robbie Robinson is to play his Super 15 rugby for the Chiefs next season.
Andrew Hore has signed for the Highlanders but winger Hosea Gear is only a 50-50 prospect of joining the franchise.