In light of the Northeners' thread for the 6 Nations, I will make one for those of us who are fans of the great game in the Southern hemisphere.
Things to look out for:
Travelling. The gods have finally smiled upon the South African teams and cursed some of the Aussies/Kiwis with 3 weeks of travel. I really can't wait to hear the excuses at the end of the series when some of the better teams bomb cos the of 3 away games in a row.
New teams. The Cats (SA) should do fairly well since it has its base in the Currie Cup winning team. The Western Force (Aus) might have a bit more of a struggle, since its a brand new time, and they are in an awkward position as far as travelling goes.
Kiwis. Once again the teams to beat. Can the Crusaders keep their crown? Or will their fellow countrymen take it away? Or, shockingly, can a team from Oz or SA plunder the elusive title that a kiwi team has taken 8 out of 10 times (I think that is the stat).
As for me, Stormers all the way. With all the ridiculous bullshit that SARFU has done to ruin the game, I am just pulling on my boys to place well, and not come last (for those of you that hadn't heard....the SA Super14 team to finish last this year gets dissolved. A new team in Port Elizabeth will be in place for next year. Worst. Idea. Ever.)