Coach: Wayne Pivac. Last season: Semi-finalists. How they qualified: Pro14 runners-up. Recruitments: Kiwi Blade Thomson and Cheetahs pair Uzair Cassiem and Clayton Blometjies have arrived but John Barclay, Tadhg Beirne and Scott Williams have departed. Key man: Rhys Patchell. The catalyst for their inventive running game. This season’s formguide:LWWL W.
Prospects: They look slightly weaker generally and it doesn’t augur well when the head coach is moving on to greener pastures (ie Pivac to Wales), but the way the fixtures have fallen they should remain in contention until January at least. Second in pool.