This summer, New Zealand welcomes the British and Irish Lions for the first time since 2005, when they crushed Sir Clive Woodward's bickering tourists.
The Daily Telegraph have already tried their hand at selection who they think will be on the Lions plane, but what about the All Blacks, the No 1 team in the world?
Here's who they think will be in Steve Hansen's 33-man squad, based on reputation and form ...
The cornerstone of the All Blacks scrum. The 29-year-old tighthead is fast approaching 100 caps for his country and is renowned for his strength ... it is said he can squat 280kg.
Faumuina is leaving for French Top 14 side Toulouse once the Super Rugby campaign finishes and once he joins up with Toulouse, he will be ineligible for selection.
Until then, he remains a key member of the match-day 23 for his ability to play on either side of the scrum.
The Crusaders loosehead is a formidable scrummager and immensely strong. He represented New Zealand at wrestling, which means that he is impossible to shift when over the ball and is an expert pilferer on the floor.
A mobile loosehead prop, Crockett's work rate around the paddock is comparable to that of a loose forward. AT 34, this will be his last chance to face the Lions.
Solid, if not spectacular, 24-year-old loosehead Tu'ungafasi is seen as one for the future and can only improve, training alongside the likes of fellow No 1 Joe Moody.
The best No 2 in the world, of that there are no doubts. He has the strength and work-rate of a forward, and the pace and passing skills of a back ... a lethal combination.
Unfortunately for an No 2 playing in New Zealand, they will forever be the bridesmaid, never the bride, while Dane Coles is around. However, Taylor is an able back-up.
Unlikely to see much game time in the tests, 27-year-old Coltman is nevertheless an impressive athlete, a skilled surfer and can play at prop or hooker.
The enforcer. Crusaders star Whitelock is a giant of a man, all muscle and hair, and is not afraid to front up and throw his considerable weight about, when the going gets violent.
Pound-for-pound, the best second rower in the world. The 25-year-old's battle with likely Lions lock Maro Itoje will be one to savour.
The All Blacks' strength in the depth at lock is the envy of the world, with only England able to pick from a similarly impressive production line. Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick from NZ's first-choice second row, but it will not decrease in quality, when Romano comes on.
A giant of a man who was recently cleared of doping and had a provisional suspension lifted. He is in this squad by the skin of his teeth and could easily lose it to the likes of Vaea Fifita or Scott Barrett.
A beast of a bloke, 33-year-old Kaino is considered one of the game's great blindside flankers and is often compared to the great Jerry Collins for his uncompromising physical style.
Unfussy and uncompromising. The 25-year-old is seen by many as the heir to Richie McCaw.
The finest No 8 in the world. Billy Vunipola pushes him close and it will be fascinating to watch the two go head-to-head in the test series.
The 26-year-old Highlander star is a bit of a late bloomer, but makes the squad courtesy of his power and size, as well as his mobility and impressive line-out skills.
Similar to Same Cane in his ability to steal opposition ball or slow the play down. A traditional openside in the mould of Neil Back.
A bit of a controversial choice, as he takes the place of Elliot Dixon or Steven Luatua, but Taufua is an all-court player with an ability to play anywhere across the back line. A great man to have on the bench to cover several positions.
Brother of Julian and a fireball on the pitch. The 23-year-old has had to wait his turn, with the likes of Liam Messam and Victor Vito previously ahead of him in the pecking order, but now he should be nailed on for the openside flanker role.
Who is the No 1 number nine in the world? Before his airport toilet tryst, Highlanders star Smith was the undoubted choice, but he has since gone off the boil and Ireland's Conor Murray is now top of the tree. Whoever comes out on top in the test series will claim bragging rights.
Arguably the best No 9 in New Zealand at present. He will probably have to settle for a place on the bench, behind Aaron Smith, but that could change if the Lions win the first test.
With Tawera Kerr-Barlow leaving for France at the end of the season, he misses out, giving Pulu his chance to really stake a claim. And the Blues No 9 deserves it, with some stand-out displays for a stuttering Auckland outfit.
The current world player of the year and absolutely mesmeric with ball in hand. He has the pace of a wing, the pass of a scrumhalf and his kicking out of hand is something else. The only thing that can let him down are shots at goal.
Another All Black who will be disappearing off to France, come the end of this season, this time to Montpellier. The selectors could make an example of him and say good riddance, but he's too good for that. If NZ want to win this series, Cruden should be Beauden Barrett's back-up. Damian McKenzie can also play No 10 if required, so Lima Sopoaga is the man to miss out.
A versatile midfielder, who can slot in at inside or outside centre. He may not light up the field like Ma'a Nonu or Sonny Bill Williams, but Crotty does the basics well and makes very few mistakes.
A lot has been expected of Fekitoa, since he burst onto the scene as a teenage prodigy and although he seems to have plateaued somewhat, there's no doubting his powerful running and abrasive defence. He just needs to stop dropping the ball so much and playing no-look passes.
Step aside Sonny Bill Williams, hello Anton Leinart-Brown. Anyone who saw New Zealand play Argentina last year witnessed a masterclass in off-loading from 21-year-old Leinart-Brown. A frighteningly good talent.
The fourth and final place in the centres goes to Moala ... for now. If Charlie Ngatai had been fit and firing, he would be in with a shout, while Jordie Barrett and Seta Tamanivula can consider themselves unlucky. Moala, though, brings considerable athleticism and physicality, and will punch holes in any defence.
Hurricanes flyer Savea is an absolute train and once he builds up a head of steam, he's impossible to stop. Just like Jonah Lomu in his pomp, if you get in Savea's way, he will simply run over you.
Willo the Wisp. Injury permitting, Milner-Skudder has to be in the side, because he is one of the most devastating open-play runners in world rugby. The 26-year-old is a Kiwi version of Jason Robinson. Waisake Naholo and Rieko Ioane, the 20-year-old young gun destined for bigger things, are the unfortunate men to miss out because of ...
Equally comfortable at wing or fullback, Dagg is one of the best under the high ball and has a mighty boot that continuously puts the opposition on the back foot. Injury permitting, he has to be in the squad.
It's hard to believe that, in his younger years, Smith wasn't considered that remarkable. What he was, though, was determined and tenacious, with a solid skill set. Now he is the finest fullback in world rugby.
A real livewire. What McKenzie lacks in size, he makes up for with heart, a frightening turn of pace and an uncanny knack of slipping tackles. He can also play at No 10, if required.