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Highlanders head coach Tony Brown has named a squad that contains five debutants to take on the Chiefs at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Friday.
Argentina and Jaguares number eight Facundo Isa has had the final year of his contract paid off, leaving him free to move to France.
Super Rugby’s return this Thursday means now is the time to remember which teams have lifted the trophy more times than any other.
Stormers loose forward Siya Kolisi has been appointed as captain for the coming season, with second-row Eben Etzebeth his vice-captain.
Chiefs utility back Tim Nanai-Williams says he was considering an offer to join the Blues before opting to return to Hamilton this season.