Super Rugby 2019 kicks off
Jandals and bare feet are still the choice of footwear and New Zealand's summer is in full swing, but yes, Super Rugby is already looming its head with the Highlanders kicking off the season against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday night. But really, this year is all about the World Cup. Players, subconciously or not, will be worrying less about team glory and more about individual success as they seek to seal a spot in the All Blacks squad for Japan. What kinds of pressure does it add to the players? Will there be any bolters into the World Cup squad? Rugby correspondent Joe Porter tried to find out.