Calling all Highlanders fans

The Highlanders start their season on February 22 against the Chiefs in Dunedin.
In the offseason they’ve signed x-factor players Ma’a Nonu and Brad Thorn, along with fellow All Black prop Tony Woodcock to join a roster which includes Ben Smith, Tamati Ellison and Hosea Gear.
Add in the fact that Colin Slade and Lima Sopoaga, who are both quality, if unlucky, players, and you have to think that at some stage the Highlanders have to turn into a fairly entertaining outfit.
The question Highlanders officials will be asking themselves will be, is it enough to get people off the couch and into Dunedin Stadium?
So, is it?
What will it take to get an Invercargill rugby fan to fill up a car with mates and tackle the near five-hour return journey to Dunedin on a Friday night? Or the long haul from Queenstown to Dunedin?
The Highlanders have picked up their share of admirers over the past two years under Jamie Joseph without actually doing a heck of a lot other than dragging themselves from near the bottom of the table to the middle of the pack.
They aren’t shirking the fact they now have a team capable of winning the competition, but so do half a dozen other franchises.
There’s still plenty of room on the bandwagon. What will it take to get you on board?


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