The Chiefs team has been named to play the Highlanders in a Super 15 match at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on Saturday.
Lima Sopoaga has come back into calculations to wear the No 10 jersey for the Highlanders in their game against the Chiefs at Hamilton on Saturday.
Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith will be free to play the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday night after he was cleared of foul play at a hearing in Wellington yesterday.
Aaron Smith could be set for a spell on the sidelines but the Highlanders are not demanding the same fate for referee Chris Pollock.
The Blues consolidated their hold at the top of the New Zealand conference, subduing the Highlanders 15-10 on the back of a solid defensive performance in Dunedin tonight and also retain the Gordon Hunter Memorial Trophy.
In a tussle which went right down to the wire, the Blues won out over the Highlanders at Carisbrook last night.
Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith has been cited for a tip tackle on Blues halfback Toby Morland during their Super rugby match at Dunedin last night.
He is etched into the history of New Zealand rugby as one of the sport's "hard" men. An "enforcer". Now the boy from Blenheim - the "bruising" lock/loose forward from a golden era of Otago rugby - is moulding a team in his own image.
All Black coach Graham Henry says Highlanders first five-eighth Colin Slade is not out of the picture for the World Cup.
Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph felt his side did not get the rub of the green last night and were hard done by at times.
Jarrad Hoeata, a hard-nosed member of the Highlanders pack, has been spotlighted as a future All Black.
For season-defining, this one probably takes the cake.
Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has paid tribute to the tenacity of his side, saying the team just dug in when under attack late in its game against the Crusaders.
Highlanders winger James Paterson believes the Blues pose as much if not more of a threat than the Crusaders in the Super 15 rugby showdown at Carisbrook on Friday night.
Previous Highlanders teams would have buckled under the pressure, but not this one.
Colin Slade is gone and the man outside him is also looking doubtful for this week's game against the Crusaders.
The last time the Highlanders scored six tries in a match was long before John Key took the political centre stage and at a time when a twitter was seen simply as a twit.
Highlanders utility back Robbie Robinson has his feet firmly on the ground as he contemplates the Super 15 rugby challenge of the Crusaders in Nelson tomorrow night.
The Rebels were simply, simply smashed. The Highlanders, drowning in a sea of possession and territory, defeated the Melbourne Rebels 40-18 in Melbourne last night.
In a sense, it is a meeting of two over-achievers.