Now that the dust has settled in the southern hemisphere, it's time to hand out praise to the star performers of Super Rugby, Round Three.
With six debutants in their starting XV and an exodus of big names behind them, the Highlanders open up at home to the Blues.
Highlanders' head coach Jamie Joseph has named his team to play the Blues at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Friday.
SANZAR has decided franchises will not be awarded four points during their bye weeks during Super Rugby 2014, it was confirmed.
Last season's biggest flop, the Highlanders have refreshed their squad and will be hoping for better fortunes in 2014.
The Crusaders claimed a deserved 28-15 victory over the Highlanders in their Super Rugby warm-up match in Motueka.
All Blacks scrum-half Aaron Smith has described the Highlanders' gruesome 2013 season as some of the hardest times of his life so far....
Highlanders wing Buxton Popoali'i will not play in Super Rugby 2014 in order to focus on his recovery from surgery planned for this month....
Highlanders fly-half Lima Sopoaga is hoping his luck turns in 2014 after he spent most of his Super Rugby career on the sidelines.
Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph believes his squad are in better condition for the 2014 season than ahead of last year.
New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has admitted that hooker and centre will be his biggest areas of selection concern in 2014.
All Blacks prop Tony Woodcock has revealed that he has no regrets about the season he spent playing for the Highlanders.
The Highlanders have revealed that All Blacks utility back Ben Smith and back-rower Nasi Manu will lead the team as co-captains.
The Highlanders have announced that former Highlander, and Otago ITM Cup coach, Tony Brown, has signed as an assistant coach.
The Super Rugby season will start in South Africa with the Cheetahs hosting the Lions in Bloemfontein on Saturday, February 15.
The Highlanders have signed Otago forwards Gareth Evans and Tom Franklin while scrum-half Fumiaki Tanaka has re-signed for 2014.
All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore will not return to the Highlanders for the 2014 Super Rugby season.