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All The 2017 Super Rugby Previews

All The 2017 Super Rugby Previews

As you might have noticed, there’s been a season preview for every Super Rugby team. Here’s a big ol’ list of every preview, including a key line from each.

Take note: The Australian conference is playing Africa 2, with the Kiwis taking on Africa 1. There’s also a special preview for the Australian conference as a whole.

Australia (PeterK)

“If you thought last year was a struggle for Australian teams then be prepared for it to get worse.”

  • Brumbies (Steve Lenthall)

    “There has been over 500 games worth of Super Rugby experience depart the side in some key positions, leaving them in a similar position to the start of the 2012 season”

  • Force (Ben Yeates)

    “Expect the Force to competitive at the breakdown and grind teams like they did last season but that activity, and the set pieces, will have to generate more tries year because the Force scored the fewest in 2016.”

  • Rebels (OzTimmay)

    “Another area of concern is the incumbent halves pairing; Stirzaker and Debreczeni. Flashback to December 2015, and the pair were both talked about at Wallaby bolters. However, through injury and indifferent form, they both struggled to reach their peak.”

  • Reds (Sucker For Red)

    “My hopes are for an improvement on last year. More wins, less losses, better for-and-against record and a win against the Waratahs. Are my expectations to high?”

  • Waratahs (PeterK)

    “The Waratahs have not addressed persistent weaknesses in their team…despite a large number of personnel leaving and the opportunity to do so”

 TPN in his new colours

New Zealand

  • Blues (Ozee316)

    “Umaga has assembled a strong coaching and playing squad and even a slight improvement on last season’s 8-6 record will put the Blues into playoff contention.”

  • Chiefs (Ozee316)

    “Which Chiefs team will turn up in 2017?”

  • Crusaders (Brent Craig)

    “Can a new coach, but largely the same players, build on a promising but unsuccessful 2016 to end a nine-year title drought?”

  • Highlanders (Brent Craig)

    “Unless they can put together a string of early- and mid-season wins, they could easily find themselves in a hole too deep to climb out of.”

  • Hurricanes (Nick Wasiliev)

    “It is a real distinct possibility that the Hurricanes will go back-to-back this year”

 Any chance these guys have an Aussie nan?

South Africa 1

  • Bulls (Dru Spork)

    “I’m calling for the Bulls to start slow, finish fast and top the Africa 1 conference ahead of the Stormers”

  • Cheetahs (2BluesFan)

    “Their best result ever: sixth in 2013, must be a fading memory now.”

  • Stormers (Lee Grant)

    “Although the transition to a progressive brand of rugby, and the establishment of the conditioning regime for it, may take a few years, it should have some positive effect in 2017.”

  • Sunwolves (MST)

    “Awooooo~~~!!”

 To be a fan of South African rugby…

South Africa 2

  • Lions (Scott Rea)

    “I predict they will win their first Super Rugby title.”

  • Jaguares (Marcelo Cardozo)

    “I’m picking that Los Jaguares will be the most-improved team in Super Rugby this year and finish the season strongly.”

  • Kings (Dru Spork)

    “Possible chance does not mean good chance.”

  • Sharks (Lee Grant)

    “Although the Sharks will be a different team with Reinach and Lambie pairing up in 2016, they have lost too many experienced players”

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