Ok, here we go 2008! What an potentially amazing game to start the season with, two teams who've been previous finalists many times and twice against each other! The Crusaders are an aging team this year although with the addition of Ali Williams and the returning (yet again) Brad Thorn, still a team which is likely to trouble most for the rest of the season. It being Robbie Deans' last season has also added an interesting dynamic in that many of the players will want to send him off on a good note. That'll be the last thing on their mind in the season opener though. The Brumbies are a different team this year and the world cup can be partly responsible for that, along with the end of the local careers for the old firm of Gregan and Larkham. They'll still be a tough prospect and can never be under-estimated, still featuring the International influence of George Smith, Clyde Rathbone, Stephen Hoiles, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Julian Huxley and the mid-season returning captain Stirling Mortlock. Plenty there and more besides! So, your thoughts on this titanic opening bout?