Marc Hinton on Highlanders

Rugby

Unheralded Highlanders too strong for battling Blues

Marc Hinton Who needs those Flash Harrys from the North Island on New Zealand? Not the Highlanders it would seem, as Jamie Joseph's unheralded southerners made a dream start to the new Super Rugby season on...

Rugby

Resurgent Highlanders deliver knockout blow to Blues' hopes

Ma'a Nonu

Marc Hinton Piri Weepu was knocked cold and his Blues were also left needing the smelling salts after the Highlanders finally unleashed the heavyweight display their fans had been waiting to see all season.

Comments 9

Rugby

Highlanders engage Gear to grind out tough victory despite clocking off early

.

Marc Hinton The Highlanders put the financial woes of the Otago rugby union to one side with a superb 27-24 win over the Crusaders in their Super Rugby match in Dunedin on Saturday.

Ma’a Nonu and Jerome Kaino set to miss Bledisloe II

Nonu

Marc Hinton The All Blacks look set to be without two of their senior, and most physical, players for what they’re hoping will be a bounce-back Bledisloe performance at Eden Park on Saturday night.

Comments 3

Rugby

Matt Todd misses out as All Blacks welcome back Carter

Back in black: Dan Carter has been named in a 31-man New Zealand squad for the Rugby Championship.

Marc Hinton Dan Carter is back, as is Charles Piutau, but it is the selection of Sam Cane ahead of unlucky Crusader Matt Todd that might be considered the chief talking point of Steven Hansen's Rugby...

Comments 7

Five newcomers named in All Blacks training squad

Marc Hinton As expected, multi-faceted Blues second-rowforward Patrick Tuipulotu and powerhouse Highlanders midfielder Malakai Fekitoa have been rewarded for standout rookie Super Rugby campaigns with promotion...

Coach welcomes week off after opening loss

Jamie Joseph

Marc Hinton IT SOUNDS bizarre, but Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph is glad he's got a bye just one week into the new Super Rugby season to address a growing list of issues that confront him.

Call for change to 'silly season'

Dan Carter

Marc Hinton Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder believes there has to be a better way of contracting players than the "silly season" situation that is confronting New Zealand's five Super Rugby franchises now.

Comments 1

Woodcock becomes just fourth member of elite club

Tony Woodcock

Simon Plumb, Marc Hinton Victorious All Blacks captain Richie McCaw dedicated Saturday night's successful defence of the Bledisloe Cup to Tony Woodcock - it marked the prop's 100th Test.