Sean Fitzpatrick, Michael Lynagh and Thinus Delport run the rule over this year's Super Rugby competition

Last Updated: 20/02/14 1:56pm

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Super Rugby is back as the best teams in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa battle it out for glory.

Our experts agree that this is the most open competition we have seen for a long time with potential winner in all corners.

Defending champions the Chiefs will be looking for a hat-trick of titles but will have to raise their game even higher to see of the chasing pack. The Crusaders have a team packed full of world class players while the Hurricanes will be hoping for a better year than 2013.

The Sharks look like South Africa's biggest threat but the Stormers and the Cheetahs may have something to say about that. The Bulls are in a rebuilding stage but never write of the boys from Pretoria.

Once again the Waratahs look likely to head up the Australians - but can they finally deliver on their potential? The Reds will also be looking for a big year with the likes of Will Genia hoping to be back to his best.

We caught up with Michael Lynagh, Sean Fitzpatrick and Thinus Delport to find out who they believe will be flying high and low in 2014.

Thinus Delport on South African teams

The Sharks are South Africa's strongest challenger and I think Jake White will bring a lot of structure and will build on what they did in the Currie Cup. The Stormers can also do well but their biggest challenge will be to get their attack as good as their defence.

Click here for Thinus Delport's full review

Michael Lynagh on Australian teams

The Waraatahs should lead the way this year, but we have said that all before! Kurtley Beale coming back really adds another dimension to their attack their forwards should be put a up a good fight.

Click here for Michael Lynagh's full review

Sean Fitzpatrick on the New Zealand teams

The Chiefs are aiming for their third title in a row and it's hard to bet against hem. They have a superb coaching team who certainly do their homework well. It's a tough ask though as there are plenty of teams aiming to dethrone them - including the Crusaders who should do very well this year too.

Click here for Sean Fitzpatrick's full review

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