In what will be a bumper Saturday of rugby, with both New Zealand and Australia’s domestic Super Rugby incarnations on show, fans are in for a treat.
The Highlanders will host the Crusaders for the first time in two years on Saturday. Last year’s fixture was cancelled in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack.
While the Crusaders are tipped as favourites to win this one, it’s the Highlanders who won the last meeting at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in March 2018, winning 25-17.
Highlanders hooker Liam Coltman said he was excited about the challenge.
“When we are in front of the home crowd, and from what I hear it’s going to be absolute stellar with fans there, it always picks up the boys seeing that sort of thing. It’s just one of those things when you are playing guys that you compete against in your own country, you want to do your best and it brings the best out of you.”