I wouldn't. They're not losing that many players and with the Chiefs losing quite a few players overseas and to sevens, the Saders not having a decent 10 and losing some core players and the Canes potentially losing a lot of fire power to Sevens and a few core players overseas, the Landers would be sure to have a good season in my mind. The Blues could also as there's some good talent there but lets see how Umaga goes. I will say that the Canes do have some good depth though so we could have a good run too - maybe we need to be underdogs for once.
I can't see the new teams having any look in, so really the Aus/ Saffa teams would have to step up to dent the NZ sides in the playoffs.
If they could hook a guy in like Adam Thompson for one last season I reckon they'd be in with a shot. Tell him Adam you want to win a championship come home mate. Seriously. A guy like him another good tight forward and one more guy that can solidly cover alot of positions like Buckman and yeah maybe.
Even if he didnt start most games he'd be good to have around as a class backup/advising 6 or 8.
Theyd certainly need to start guys like Marty Banks and the Japanese halfback more often.
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Barrett is the real talking point for me. If we ever have to rely on him in a big game im going to be a bit jittery about it.
J Savea was very average and has been a bit of a passenger in that team since like mid season. This is why a guy like Osbourne should of been selected to keep him honest in the AB's.
Both of the Savea's have this issue with bombing gifted opportunities a bit and I dont think its a coincidence.