Pressure on rugby players exists in a variety forms. It comes from expectation following a high-profile move between clubs, from ambition to play at international level, perhaps from a desire to prove age has yet to diminish their ability.
Some, in particular the case of Dylan Hartley, need to show that discipline is not going to be a handicap for both club and country.
With the Premiership's new broadcast deal, attention on players will be greater than ever before. There is also the little matter of international coaches looking to nail down their squads for the two-year countdown to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Play well for your club and the rest will fall into place is an adage that rings truer than ever. We look at 10 Premiership players who have much to prove this season.