Tony Shaw (54)
The Tahs just need a backup hooker, loosehead and lock to have an excellent 23. Incredible backrow depth.
Until the injuries start coming you are absolutely right. There is depth right across the line except for hooker. I think Latu will get a spot but who gets the other is more problematic as Latu is a rookie but I don't want Holmes despite his experience. Maybe we will have to go with two rookies in Latu and Roach (if the Force haven't already bagged Roach).
Chapman is a capable back-up at lock but not a starter. Cheika said when they announced the signing of Potgeiter that they were looking for a hard grafting lock who could knock people over and move bodies. This implied Potgeiter would play alongside Douglas or Skelton. I was pretty surprised at that but Potgeiter at lock would suit the very fast mobile game Cheika wants.
That leaves Grey and McCutcheon as backrow back-up and that's still very strong. McCutcheon next year injury free would be a pretty exciting prospect. I think I recall him getting MOM a couple of years ago in the Shute grand final, before his injury run started.
I think McKibbin is still in front of Lucas, certainly to my eyes he is. And if Turner makes it back there is plenty of injury back-up for the outside backs.
One more big signing at hooker and I will be satisfied.