Benji Marshall, Ma'a Nonu, Tony Woodcock, Jerome Kaino, Pita Ahki, Tom Donnelly.
Anthony Boric, Quentin MacDonald, Rene Ranger, Ali Williams.
The Blues have selected perhaps the most intriguing squad, given the gambles they have taken by picking a handful of stars whom have lacked form at this level over the past two seasons.
Ma'a Nonu returns after so famously leaving the franchise after just one year in 2012, and will need to show some better form or he may find himself struggling to find a contract. Tony Woodcock is in a similar situation, once a very good player, but struggled with the Highlanders in 2013 and will return home to the Blues in 2014 where he will need to make more of an impact.
Jerome Kaino returns too after leaving New Zealand at the peak of his powers in 2011. He will bring physicality that will make a huge difference to the Blues in the contact situations.
The most interesting signing though is that of Benji Marshall, the rugby league superstar who at the age of 28 has decided to switch codes. Undoubtedly he is a fantastic athlete, but whether he can adapt to the game remains questionable. If he finds his feet quickly, he could be huge in seeing the Blues do well as he is a player with potential to do great things.
They remain a young team that will bring plenty of enthusiasm and possess plenty of flair out wide. The likes of Charlies Piutau, Francis Saili and Frank Halai, along with Nonu and Marshall, are all capable of cutting a defence to pieces and will be one of the strengths of this team.
Their other strength will come in their loose forwards, as with Steven Luatua, Luke Braid and Kaino they have a well-balanced trio who will work hard on defence while also being strong ball runners.
The tight five will be what determines how successful they are. There is no doubt there is talent here, but whether they can perform or indeed get their top team on the field is another thing, as Woodcock and Keven Mealamu have struggled with form and injury over the past 12 months.
They should be an improvement on 2013, though, and will be a tough team, especially when they bring their physical game, which will allow their dangerous backs to really threaten.