You make it sound like they had a choice, there were about 3 genuine contenders for aic. I heard that before the season even started that boys were making themselves 'unavailable' for confro, most of these blokes were lucky to even play 1st XV let alone consider themselves rep players. Agree with happyman many of these players were very lucky to play aic, I think they called up the wrong players when a few injuries occurred.I think most of the Lauries boys chose AIC over Confra. They had to make a choice between the 2.
Connors is a great prospect and has done very well - congratulations.
On the 2016 SPC pack - fair point but despite this (if memory serves), they were outplayed by Padua, lost to SPLC and could only manage to tie for 3rd. I am not sure what lesson to take from that - but is hard to understand why they weren't more dominant?