It could not last forever.
The march to the 2019 Highlanders season starts today and for some of the players the focus will be on getting bigger and stronger.
Some young southern talent will join the Highlanders as the franchise looks to build local stocks for the future.
A former Highlanders player is set to start at fullback for Italy when they take on the All Blacks in Rome this weekend.
Highlanders and All Black loose forward Liam Squire has missed more than half of the games he could have played in the past three seasons.
Next year's Highlanders will have the lowest representation from the South since the club's inception - including not one player from Southland.
Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger is looking for more consistency from what he is calling a well-balanced squad for 2019.
The legend of Marty Banks is set to get another chapter in the South after the first-five was this morning named in next year's Highlanders.
The Highlanders squad for the 2019 season will be named today and it is probably the most predictable Highlanders squad of all.
No one could begrudge Ben Smith signing off his time in New Zealand after the World Cup, writes NZME's Liam Napier.
Former Highlanders captain Nasi Manu will undergo chemotherapy after it's been revealed he has a form of urological cancer.