Last seasons Guinness Premiership was one of the best.
There have been many changes to teams this year. Some players have moved to France to ply their trade there, some players have been banned for drugs charges, some are in court for varying reasons and some players and coaches are feeling the effects of "Bloodgate".
With these stories dominating the front and back pages, the opening round of Premiership matches was an event some of the media would allow to come and go.
But some of the games in this first round showed why rugby union still is an entertaining, tough, fair and exciting game.