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Ihaia West in last year's ITM Cup Championship final for Hawke's Bay
It's something that is absolutely essential to rugby that the professional era risks losing touch with, but developmental rugby is where the sport all started.
That's, of course, not to say teams competing in the Heineken Cup don't have their own methods in introducing fresh, young talent, but there might stand the case to argue that Super Rugby sides are better at it.
The ITM Cup and Currie Cup are contests held in New Zealand and South Africa's respective "offseasons", which help provincial sides promote young talent while not sacrificing anything by way of quality rugby. Super Rugby's giants then go about their way in recruiting those talents which may benefit their cause.
These televised and highly viewed tournaments give a more encompassing account of the talent making its way through the ranks of each nation, meaning a player doesn't necessarily have to weave their way into a club's "academy" before finding prominence.
This allows players to establish confidence below the top level without feeling an overwhelming pressure to evolve, so much so that Australia are engineering their own equivalent, per ESPN Scrum.
The Heineken Cup is more exclusive in this manner, saving the biggest of fixtures for only their very best players for the most part, many of which are foreign imports.