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Otago Highlanders

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Established
1996 (25 years old)

Sport
Rugby

Stadium/Home
Forsyth Barr Stadium
(30,748 Capacity)

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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

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Super Rugby

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The Highlanders (formerly the Otago Highlanders and currently known as the Speight's Highlanders for sponsorship reasons) is a New Zealand professional rugby union team based in Dunedin that compete in Super Rugby. The team was formed in 1996 to represent the lower South Island in the newly formed Super 12 competition, and includes the Otago, North Otago and Southland unions. The Highlanders take their name from the Scottish immigrants that helped found the Otago, North Otago, and Southland regions in the 1840s and 1850s.

Their main ground through the 2011 Super Rugby season was Carisbrook in Dunedin, with home games occasionally being played in Invercargill and Queenstown. The Highlanders moved into Carisbrook's replacement, Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza, for the 2012 season; the stadium opened in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, but after the Super Rugby season.

They finished the inaugural season eighth, and the following season finished last after winning only three of eleven matches. However, in the 1998, 1999 and 2000 seasons they qualified for semi-finals; hosting the 1999 competition final against fellow South Island team the Crusaders. They lost the match 24–19, and the following year were again knocked out by the Crusaders—this time in their semi-final. In the following fifteen seasons they would only finish in the top four once more, in 2002. But in 2015, they were crowned Super Rugby champions after beating the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium .

Former Highlander, Ben Smith has played a record 129 games for the Highlanders, and thirteen other players have played over 50 games for the team. The Highlanders' highest career points scorer is Lima Sopoaga with 866 points, and highest career try scorer is Waisake Naholo with 45 tries. They are currently coached by Tony Brown and are captained by Ash Dixon and Aaron Smith.

Team Members
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Jermaine
Ainsley




Solomona
Alaimalo




Teariki
Ben-Nicholas




Mike
Collins




Liam
Coltman




Josh
Dickson




Ash
Dixon




Bryn
Evans




Folau
Fakatava




Shannon
Frizell




Connor
Garden-Bachop




Sam
Gilbert




Scott
Gregory




Ethan
De



Kayne
Hammington




Billy
Harmon




Kazuki
Himeno




Josh
Hohneck




Mitch
Hunt




Josh
Ioane




Ricky
Jackson




Ayden
Johnstone




Vilimoni
Koroi




James
Lentjes




Dan
Lienert-Brown




Caleb
Makene




Nehe
Milner-Skudder




Sione
Misiloi




Jona
Nareki




Tim
O'Malley




Fetuli
Moe



Pari
Pari



Ngane
Punivai




Jack
Regan




Hugh
Renton




Manaaki
Selby-Rickit




Aaron
Smith




Liam
Squire




Timoci
Tavatavanawai




Jeff
Thwaites




Siate
Tokolahi




Sio
Tomkinson




Marino
Mikaele



Thomas
Umaga-Jensen




Freedom
Vahaakolo




Sean
Withy



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Stadium or Home

The Forsyth Barr Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand. At various stages of development it was also known as Dunedin Stadium or Awatea Street Stadium, or its non-commercial official name during the 2011 Rugby World Cup and 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Otago Stadium. It is also known colloquially as 'the glasshouse' due to its resemblance to a horticultural hothouse. The stadium was opened by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on 5 August 2011, replacing Carisbrook as the home stadium of the Highlanders team in Super Rugby and the Otago Rugby Football Union team in the domestic ITM Cup. The stadium hosted four matches of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and has hosted major music tours, starting in November 2011 with Elton John.

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