The 21st instalment of rugby league's premier club competition kicks off this Thursday when the current Super League champions the Leeds Rhinos take on Warrington at Headingley.
In fact, the Rhinos swept the boards last season, not only claiming a record 7th Super League crown but also completing a domestic treble of League Leaders Shield and Challenge Cup.
But without inspirational trio Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai the new look Rhinos, now led by Danny Maguire, will have a tough job repeating last seasons heroics:
Castleford Tigers are an emerging force under the guidance of the much respected Daryl Powell:
Huddersfield need to address their playoff hoodoo and return to the highs of their 2013 League Leader's Shield:
Wakefield will want to avoid another season of struggle after winning the 'Million Pound Game' against Bradford Bulls to stay among league's elite division:
Meanwhile in Hull, both clubs will be seeking to shake off their 'sleeping giants' tag and put together an assault on silverware: