For many reasons, this season's Super Rugby will be more unpredictable than ever.
Coach Frans Ludeke has a lot riding on this weekend's match against the Sharks.
Super Rugby stats provide an eye-opener but, then again, they are a poor predictor of the future.
Saru will be leaning on the franchises to spare the best players but they have their own problems.
It is Kenya's loss but South Africa's gain that Paul Treu has now joined the coaching staff at Western Province and the Stormers.
What Meyer really needs is consistency and the willingness to make necessary changes sooner rather than later.
That Steyn can be let go is testimony to the potential of Lambie and Pollard and further confirmation that Meyer's "change by stealth" policy works.
Meyer makes several changes for match against Italy, but the impressive Reinach and Lambie will combine again.
Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer wants to give his men a chance at playing under pressure.
The national coach will find out whether he has built a team capable of winning a World Cup.