With World Cup spots on offer, an exciting Super Rugby season is upon us! Here are ten stars set to stick in the headlines over the next 16 or so weeks.
Transfer time is always a bit crazy in a World Cup year, but this one looks to be something extraordinary, with some French clubs taking an early lead.
The Bulls may have just turned their season around after a significantly more positive performance against the Blues in Pretoria.
Queensland scored a bonus point victory over the visiting Cheetahs on Friday in a high scoring but sloppy game at Suncorp Stadium.
It took a while for them to warm up, but once they got going the Brumbies made easy work of a pretty ordinary Hurricanes side at the Cake Tin.
A forgettable game at Newlands saw the Stormers eke out the Hurricanes in the dying minutes to escape with a much-needed win.
The Brumbies failed to fire at home, managing to score only one try against a Reds defense determined to spoil the homecoming party.
There were some sensational individual moments during the match, but in terms of team tactics both sides looked to be still in pre-season mode.
The Cheetahs scored a historic first ever victory over the Bulls in Bloemfontein, and did so by beating them at their own game.
A pulsating game between the defending champion Chiefs and their fiercest rivals, the Crusaders, got New Zealand’s Super Rugby season off to a cracking start.