Wellington coach Jamie Joseph looms as the next Highlanders coach, and he may get the chance to handpick his deputy.
Jamie Joseph was supposed to have his first day with his full Highlanders squad yesterday - but 11 failed to show.
A note of caution has been sounded by Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph over expecting big things from returning first five-eighth Colin Slade.
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.
The Highlanders have gained their first victory of the season - now they need to make winning a habit.
The Highlanders are not winning games in Dunedin and it seems visiting teams have no real love for the city either.
All Black and Highlanders loose forward Adam Thomson admits he will be looking at his options when his Otago contract comes up for renewal at the end of the season, although any move north could be scuttled by a change in the way contracts are handled.
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.
Big prop Jamie Mackintosh is back in the reckoning as the Highlanders look to end a disappointing season with a flourish against the Reds in Brisbane tomorrow night.
Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph is pleased with his side's pre-season and says it was important every player got time on the field.
Police are beefing up patrols and bag searches, and promising intoxicated rugby fans will not gain entry into this evening's Super 15 match at Carisbrook.
Easter and Anzac are times to think about the past and how others sacrificed so that we can live.