Highlanders (rugby union)

The Highlanders (formerly Otago Highlanders called ) are a rugby union team from the New Zealand city of Dunedin. The team plays in the international Super Rugby League. It represents the regional associations Otagu RFU RFU North Otago and Southland rugby. The catchment area of the franchise thus comprises the southern part of the South Island. The home games are since the 2011 season in the Forsyth Barr Stadium, New Zealand's largest indoor arena, discharged. Team colors are royal blue, maroon and gold.

The name of the team was chosen because, in the 19th century, mainly Scots settled in the regions of Otago, North Otago and Southland, from which recruit the fans. The term "Highlander" is meant to symbolize loyalty, strength, honesty and hard work. The team logo is a rollicking inhabitants of the Scottish Highlands is depicted with a shield in one hand and a Claymore in the other hand. To ensure the equivalency of defense and attack will be illustrated.

The team plays mainly in Dunedin. A home game per season but played in Invercargill Rugby Park Stadium, since 2007, one at the Queenstown Events Centre in Queenstown. So far, the Highlanders have reached the semifinals four times and lost every time.

  • 2.1 Super 12
  • 2.2 Super 14
  • 2.3 Super Rugby

Players and coaches

Current squad

The squad for the 2012 season:


  • Ma'afu Fia
  • Chris King
  • Jamie Mackintosh (C )
  • Bronson Murray


  • Jason Rutledge

Second - row players

  • Josh Bekhuis
  • Jarrad Hoeata
  • Culum Retallick

Third - row players

  • Nick Crosswell
  • Elliot Dixon
  • John Hardie
  • James Haskell
  • Nasi Manu
  • Adam Thomson
  • Doug Tietjens

Scrum half

  • Jimmy Cowan
  • Aaron Smith


  • Chris Noakes
  • Colin Slade
  • Lima Sopoaga

Indoor Three Quarter

Outer three-quarters

Final Men

  • Kurt Baker
  • Ben Smith

Current coaching staff

  • Jamie Joseph ( head coach )
  • Simon Culhane ( assistant coach )
  • Kieran Keane ( assistant coach )
  • Kees Meeuws ( assistant coach )

Well-known former players

Former coach

  • Gordon Hunter (1996 )
  • Glen Ross ( 1997)
  • Tony Gilbert (1998 - 1999)
  • Peter Sloane (2000 - 2001)
  • Laurie Mains (2002 - 2003)
  • Greg Cooper (2003 - 2007)
  • Glenn Moore (2008 - 2010)


Super 12

Super 14

Super Rugby