We now shift our attention to the prop position in our Five to Watch series, with a host of internationals featuring in next season’s Challenge Cup.
Pool 1: Nick Schonert (Worcester Warriors)
Although the South African-born tight head has made only three Challenge Cup appearances in three seasons, it surely won’t be long before he is given a run in the Worcester front row.
The 27-year-old, a strong scrummager, has come on in leaps and bounds of late, so much so that he is now on the edge of the England Test squad.
Pool 2: Rob Evans (Scarlets)
The mobile loose head has been a prominent presence in the Scarlets front row in their past six European campaigns in the Champions Cup, playing 28 times and scoring three tries, including two last season.
Evans, 27, was firmly established in the Wales squad until being omitted from the Rugby World Cup, winning 36 caps, with his slick handling skills being an added bonus.
Pool 3: Jamie Bhatti (Edinburgh Rugby)
After two seasons and nine games with Glasgow Warriors in the Champions Cup, Bhatti has made the move across Scotland to Edinburgh, where he will taste Challenge Cup rugby for the first time.
The powerful 25-year-old front rower brings with him the experience of 15 Scotland caps achieved in only two years.
Pool 4: Hayden Thompson-Stringer (Brive)
Thompson-Stringer joined the French side from Heineken Champions Cup holders Saracens during the off-season, having only featured once in the competition last season in a 29-10 victory over Lyon.
The former England under-20 international has already featured in the TOP 14 this season and will be looking to make an impression in the Challenge Cup throughout the campaign.
Pool 5: Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)
Genge has been used sparingly by Leicester in Europe in the past two seasons, playing only four games in total in the Champions Cup, but he always makes an impression.
The 24-year-old’s barnstorming runs and remarkable agility for a prop have become of a feature of his appearances both for the Tigers and England, for whom he has won 11 caps.