Finance appears to be the biggest obstacle in getting the likes of Andrew Hore at the Highlanders next season.
Country kids don't mince their words. But even the Otago Daily Times was surprised at the reaction to the Highlanders' controversial new green rugby strip from some of the team's most diehard fans yesterday.
The worst-kept secret in New Zealand rugby has been confirmed tonight with the Highlanders running out on to Carisbrook in a new green jersey.
Highlanders rugby fans experienced the more nauseating aspect of the colour green at Carisbrook last night.
The Highlanders' new playing strip is not an insult to past teams, as the side does not have a tradition, the Highlanders boss says.
Green in more ways than one. The lack of basic rugby brains came back to haunt the Highlanders last night as they lost 21-14 to the Force at Carisbrook
The Highlanders have re-signed five more players and have now secured 22 players for next season.
John Hardie is rewarded for some excellent play over the past few weeks with a start in the Highlanders' crucial match against the Force at Carisbrook tomorrow night.
Adam Thomson makes an early return from injury and Siale Piutau and Shaun Treeby are also back as the Highlanders chase a win against the Lions at Carisbrook tomorrow night.
The Highlanders' chances of making the Super 15 rugby playoffs have been dealt a severe blow after a last minute try to Lions lock Wikus van Heerden handed the lowly South Africans a shock 26-22 win at Carisbrook in Dunedin tonight.
The Highlanders are still in the playoff hunt and coach Jamie Joseph hopes his side has learnt some tough lessons from Saturday night's loss to the Lions.
Otago Rugby Football Union chairman Wayne Graham is unhappy about a suggested new Highlanders jersey, saying it goes against tradition and risks the future of the franchise in the South.
The Highlanders have confirmed they will play in a new shirt against the Force at Carisbrook on Friday ahead of a permanent switch from their traditional blue jerseys.
Dynamic wing Kade Poki wants to stay with the Highlanders and is negotiating a two-year contract to remain with Jamie Joseph's team.
The Blues today made two injury-related changes to their starting side for their final regular season Super 15 match against the Highlanders in Auckland on Friday night.
The Blues team has been named to play the Highlanders in a Super 15 match at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday night.
Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph was still able to reflect positively on his first season in charge of New Zealand's Super rugby strugglers despite a third straight defeat ending their prospects of progressing to the play-offs.
Loose forward Adam Thomson insists the Highlanders must overcome their fear of losing and attack the Waratahs in a Super 15 rugby match in Sydney on Saturday night.
All Black hooker Andrew Hore is keen to return to the Highlanders next year.
The rugged approach on the paddock of former Manawatu flanker Nick Crosswell has been worth its weight in gold to the Highlanders this year.