Highlanders - a brief rugby history
Colours: Jersey: Blue with Gold & Maroon trim Shorts: Blue with Gold stripes Socks: Blue with Gold & Maroon stripes
Home Ground: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Chairman: Doug Harvie
GM: Roger Clark
The most appearances is by Anton Oliver (127)
The most points scored is by Tony Brown (857)
The most tries scored is by Jeff Wilson (35)
The Highlanders were formed in 1996. They represent the New Zealand Rugby Provincial Unions of Otago, Nth Otago & Southland.
In 2017 they play 8 home games against the Chiefs, Crusaders, Rebels, Blues, Sunwolves, Stormers, Waratahs & Reds. They will play 7 away games against the Blues, Hurricanes, Brumbies, Cheetahs, Bulls, Western Force & Crusaders.
The head coach is Tony Brown. He is assisted by Scott McLeod, Mark Hammett, Clarke Dermody & Jon Preston.
Previous head coaches were: Greg Cooper, Tony Gilbert, Gordon Hunter, Jamie Joseph, Laurie Mains, Glenn Moore, Glenn Ross & Peter Sloane.
In 21 years they have had 9 coaches & used 270 Players.
The 2017 co-captains are & Ben Smith & Shane Christie.
The squad is: Alex Ainley, Marty Banks, Richard Buckman, Liam Coltman, Josh Dickson, Ash Dixon, Elliot Dixon, Brendon Edmonds, jason Emery, Gareth Evans, Matt Faddes, Malakai Fekitoa, Tom Franklin, Siosuia Halanukonuka, Kayne Hammington, Jackson Hemopo, James Lentjes, Tevita Li, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Craig Millar, Guy Millar, Waisake Naiholo, Patrick Osborne, Hayden Parker, Greg Pleasants-Tate, Dan Pryor, Josh Renton, Aki Seiuli, Aaron Smith, Fletcher Smith, Lima Sopoaga, Liam Squire, Rob Thompson, Siate Tokolahi, Patelesio Tomkinson, Teihorangi Walden, Joe Wheeler, Luke Whitelock.
They finished in 5th position at the end of the 2017 round-robin stages going on to lose the final.
They have finished in the top 6 of the round-robin stages of the Super competition 8 times out of 21 years.
Their worst finish was 12 out of 12 in 1997.
In the play-offs they have featured in two finals, in 1999 losing to the Crusaders & winning in 2015.
Their average finishing position is 7.67
Their highest margin score was 65-23 (42) against the Bulls in 1999. Their worst margin score was 26-70 (44) against the Brumbies in 1996.
They are 3rd on the New Zealand TAB fixed odds to win the competition @ NZ$5.50.
On Centre Bet (Aus) they are picked at 3rd @ A$6.50.