As is the case every post-World Cup year, 2012 has seen a clean-out of many veterans from their Super Rugby franchises and has opened the door for a handful of young stars of tomorrow to ply their trade.
This time around though, it seems as though this young talent is exceptional and there have been plenty of newcomers and youngsters who show they could be the future of the game.
Many ranked amongst the top players in the competition, making it scary to think how good some of these men will be as they continue to develop and gain more experience at this level.
This list profiles ten of the very best of these players. By no means are these the only ones to impress, but merely look to be the ten with the most promise of the up-and-comers in this years competition.