As the curtain closes on a grueling 20-week Super Rugby competition, rugby fans can barely catch their breath as a whole new feast of rugby awaits.
The ABSA Currie Cup, South Africa's Premier domestic rugby competition, dates back to 1889 and is steeped in rich heritage and tradition.
In the modern era of rugby, it has definitely taken a back-seat as the emergence of Super Rugby takes precedence. Many people are fearing for the future of this tournament, seeing it as a "feeder" or "development" for the subsequent Super Rugby campaign.
Needless to say, whilst that may be the case, the Currie Cup is still a trophy that is valued and respected in South Africa, and the teams will be going all-out to lift that trophy at the end of October.
With Springbok call-ups, injuries and fatigue plaguing the the top sides, it looks to be a fairly even contest across the board. This will effectively make many of the teams an unknown quantity.
So how does each team shape up for this year's competition?