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Thirty-three new faces are among the 190 professional players contracted by New Zealand’s five Super Rugby franchises for 2019.
There were Challenge Cup wins for La Rochelle, Dragons, Benetton, Ospreys, Connacht, Bristol, Harlequins, Clermont and Worcester.
Canterbury outside back Josh McKay has committed himself to the Highlanders, penning a two-year deal with the Dunedin franchise.
Three games take place on Friday in the PRO14’s opening round with defending champions Leinster starting their campaign at Cardiff Blues.
Highlanders head coach Aaron Mauger says he will continue utilising Jackson Hemopo at lock, despite the All Blacks deploying him at flank.
Former All Blacks and Crusaders fly-half Dan Carter has denied that he will make a return to Super Rugby in 2019 to join the Highlanders.
Now that the dust has settled on Super Rugby 2018, it’s time for us to look back over the recent campaign and pick our Team of the Season.