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Page icon Otago cricketer named in New Zealand test squad

Otago cricketer Mark Craig is one of two new faces named in the New Zealand test squad to face the West Indies next month. Twenty-seven year old Craig was named after a stand-out Plunket Shield performance, taking 22 wickets for Otago. Head coach Mark Hesson said Craig, who is a right arm off-spinner, will be valuable against the West Indies left-handed heavy top order batting line-up. ›read more

Page icon Brad Thorn likely to miss the season remainder

Highlanders lock Brad Thorn will likely miss the remainder of the Super 15 season. Thorn ruptured his right distal bicep in the side's win over the Blue Bulls on Friday night. He is scheduled to undergo surgery in the next few days, but due to the nature of the injury and expected recovery period, it is unlikely he will return this season. ›read more

Film icon. Dunedin to host its first rugby league test in 90 years

Dunedin will host its first rugby league test in 90 years, when the Kiwis take on England at Forsyth Barr Stadium in November. ›see story

Film icon. Sport Otago building life-long sporting connections

Sport Otago was hosting more than 100 energetic children at the Edgar Centre today. They were taking part in the annual Have-A-Go sports day. Organisers say giving young children the experience can lead to a life-long sporting connection. ›see story

Film icon. Highlanders make changes to their starting line-up

The Highlanders have made four changes to their starting line-up for tomorrow's critical match against the Bulls. ›see story

Film icon. Highlanders prepare for their biggest game of the season

The Highlanders are preparing for a bruising encounter this week in what could be their biggest game of the season. The side will play its last home game for the month on Friday night against the Bulls. And after a nail biting win last week, the side knows another step up is vital if they are to have any chance against a physical Bulls side. ›see story

Film icon. All Black coach attends Highlanders' training

Dunedin-born All Black coach Steve Hansen was also in attendance at Highlanders' training today. ›see story

Film icon. Otago sporting stars make national touch teams

Two of Otago's brightest sporting stars have been rewarded with selection in their respective national touch teams. Both players will fly to Australia in two weeks' time, playing three matches against the green and golds. And while their main focus is on that series, both players hope to use the tournament as a stepping stone to a bigger tournament next year. ›see story

Page icon Highlanders line-up re-jigged

A re-jigged line-up for the Highlanders clash against the Melbourne Rebels tonight will see several players making their club rugby season debut tomorrow. Last week up to a dozen Highlanders played club rugby, with some clubs and fans angered other clubs were not given their services. ›read more

Film icon. Mental skills necessary for sporting success

Dunedin athletes trying to make it on the world stage must master their mental skills if they want to succeed. Mental Skills trainer Ian Craven spoke to athletes this week, exploding some myths around those skills and teaching them how to prepare to avoid setbacks. And while physical tools may get you to a certain level, how much of success is defined by the mind? ›see story

Film icon. Highlander bringing a positive attitude to the season

Picking yourself up after a hard game can be tough on a professional athlete. But when you have a player in your squad that can make you laugh, team morale can remain high. For the Highlanders it is one man in particular that is bringing a positive attitude this season, both on and off the field. ›see story

Film icon. Otago Nuggets aim to live up to last season

Repeating their 2013 heroics will be a tough challenge for the 2014 Otago Nuggets. The side made the semi-finals for the first time in 16 years last season, but have lost several key players. With the season getting under way on Friday, player-coach Mark Dickel says the side still has championship goals. ›see story

Page icon 3,000 All Blacks versus England tickets already sold

Three thousand tickets to June's All Blacks versus England test match at Forsyth Barr Stadium have already been sold today. Ten thousand tickets went on sale today, allocated to fans in the south in a promotion called 'South of the Waitaki River'. The promotion allows people who live south of the Waitaki to purchase tickets before they go on public sale. ›read more

Film icon. Different aspects of sled dog sports on show

Canines, bikes and scooters came together on Saturday as part of the Southern Region Sled Dog Club's open day. Members and those interested were invited to learn about the different aspects of sled dog sports on both snow and dirt. The club was established 20 years ago with just one sport, but has now grown to include many more. ›see story

Film icon. Green Island Swamp Rats claim championship trophy

Two of New Zealand's best batsmen have helped the Green Island Swamp Rats claim Dunedin cricket's championship trophy. Jesse Ryder and Hamish Rutherford put on the club whites for the first time this season, after finishing their domestic season last week. And although he likes a drink off the field, Ryder was keeping quiet on if he would join the side for a celebratory drink. ›see story

Film icon. Rugby league nines tournament kicked off season

Rugby league nines came to Dunedin on the weekend, with teams from Otago and Canterbury fighting for a new trophy. The tournament at Tahuna Park was the first nines event to invite teams from outside the city, and to include women's sides. And it began the winter season with a bang. ›see story

Film icon. Premier rugby season kicks off

A grand final rematch at Kettle Park has kicked off the premier rugby competition in Dunedin. Dunedin played Taieri in last season's grand final, with the former winning in dramatic fashion. Taieri was out for revenge to start the season strong, but as history suggests, beating the champ is harder than it seems. ›see story

Page icon Steinlager renews partnership with All Blacks

Steinlager has renewed its partnership with the All Blacks for another five years. The Lion Nathan beer brand has naming rights to the three-test Steinlager Series in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020. The sponsorship has also been expanded to include the All Blacks Sevens for the first time, meaning the brand will be the team’s official sponsor at the 2016 and 2020 Olympics. ›read more