And the time has finally come. The 2009 Super 14 is here!!!!!!! Not a moment to soon either.
The Brumbies travel to Dunedin in New Zealand for the start of their 2009 campaign. New Captain Stephen Hoiles will hope to get his tenure off to a good start.
The Highlanders are also under new leadership in the guise of Jimmy Cowan, who will be hoping to put his troubles behind him and lead the team to a maiden victory in 2009.
Will the Highlanders drown in the drink? Or will the Brumbies come away with concussion?
Venue: Carisbrook, Dunedin
Kick-off: 19.35 Local Time – 08:35 SA Time
Referee: Matt Goddard (Australia)
ARs: Vinny Munro (New Zealand), Keith Brown (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermot (New Zealand)
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Jason Shoemark, 12 Johnny Leota/Jayden Hayward, 11 Fetu’u Vainikolo, 10 Daniel Bowden, 9 Jimmy Cowan (captain), 8 Steven Setephano, 7 Alando Soakai, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Hayden Triggs, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Clint Newland, 2 David Hall, 1 Jamie Mackintosh.
16 Jason Rutledge, 17 Chris King, 18 George Naoupu, 19 Tim Boys, 20 Sean Romans, 21 Jayden Hayward/Brett Mather, 22 Kenny Lynn.
15 Mark Gerrard, 14 Clyde Rathbone, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Stirling Mortlock, 11 Francis Fainifo, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Patrick Phibbs, 8 Stephen Hoiles (captain), 7 George Smith, 6 Julian Salvi, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Guy Shepherdson, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Nic Henderson.
16 John Ulugia, 17 Ben Alexander, 18 Sitaleki Timani, 19 Peter Kimlin, 20 Joshua Holmes, 21 Tyrone Smith, 22 Matt Toomua.