Highlanders coach Mark Hammett has teased the potential return of his side's All Blacks stars, ahead of their Super Rugby season opener against the Chiefs on Friday.
For the Highlanders, the likes of Ben and Aaron Smith, as well as Liam Squire and Waisake Naholo will all be in contention for Steve Hansen's World Cup squad, although coach Hammett has hinted that fans might be in for a treat this opening weekend.
The Highlanders will name their squad for their Super Rugby season opener, tomorrow.
The Chiefs take on the Highlanders at 6.35pm Friday in Waikato while the Brumbies will meet the Rebels at 8.45pm.
On Saturday, the Blues will meet the Crusaders at 6.35pm at Eden Park while the Waratahs will face the Hurricanes at 8.45pm.
The Sunwolves also face the Sharks at 10.55pm Saturday.
The Bulls meet the Stormers at 3.15am Sunday while the Lions face the Jaguares at 9.40am Sunday.
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