The Waratahs cross the Tasman to visit the Hurricanes.
This clash sees one of last year’s semi-finalists host one of last year’s finalists.
The Hurricanes have been hit by a late injury to Piri Weepu and he will be replaced by S14 debutant Daniel Kirkpatrick.
Scott Fava is making history with the Waratahs as he becomes the first player to have represented all four Australian franchises.
Will the Hurricanes be too strong for last year’s bridesmaid? Or will the Waratahs get their campaign on track right from the word go?
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 19.35 Local time, 08:35 SA Time
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
ARs: James Noonan (New Zealand), Glenn Newman (Australia)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
15 Cory Jane, 14 Zac Guildford, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Rodney So’oialo (captain), 7 Scott Waldrom, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Bryn Evans, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Dane Coles, 1 John Schwalger.
16 Ged Robinson, 17 Jacob Ellison, 18 Jeremy Thrush/Api Naikatini, 19 Karl Lowe, 20 Willie Ripia, 21 Jason Kawau, 22 David Smith.
15 Sam Norton-Knight, 14 Lachie Turner, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Timana Tahu, 11 Lote Tuqiri, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Scott Fava, 7 Phil Waugh (captain), 6 Ben Mowen, 5 Will Caldwell, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Al Baxter, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
16 Adam Freier, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Chris Thomson, 19 Wycliff Palu, 20 Brett Sheehan, 21 Daniel Halangahu, 22 Tom Carter.