Southland's big off-season play to lure Highlanders first five-eighth Lima Sopoaga has proved to be a masterstroke.
Liam Messam has his chance to remind the coaches what he brings to the ABs, but he still feels for close mate Jerome Kaino.
They've have heard how no Wallabies team has won at Eden Park since 1986, but Israel Folau says it's no issue.
Ten tries and no penalty kicks - the opening match of the new National Rugby Championship on Thursday night was just what ARU officials had hoped for.
The rules may change but the fans are expected to play on as bars within Hamilton's Rugby World Cup Fan Zone switch codes and show the NRL final.