On the eve of the Super Season I feel more buoyed by the squad we have put together than in any other season that I can remember. This is a credit to both RG & Sam Cordingley who has done a very thorough job of evaluating and resupplying our list.
RG was derided for letting players such as Anae, Rocket, Lucas, Jonah, & Mike go but 12 months on and we look so much more capable / threatening.
The emergence of players such as Kerevi and Kurindrani is nothing short of astounding. That both of them will be starts come round 1, when neither could get a look in last year pre-season is rapid development to say the least.
Hardened professionals such Thompson, Hunt and JOC (James O'Connor) bring so much experience to the group, and have excelled in all competitions across the world it is beyond my comprehension how we got all three in a single off-season.
But it is the Kotze's, Talakai's, Tui's, Faagese's, JJ Taulagi's that I want to crow about.
These were players barely on anyone's radar, and we took the punt on them and I feel confident in the ability of all of them.
Then we back the best of our youth in Lolo, Magnay, Ready, Korcyk, Paraka, Gunn, Duncan.
We have never had such depth, and I am going to back RG to the hilt. He has his squad now. He has his coaching staff.
Let's see what he can do with them. I for one, feel that this season has infinite potential and we shouldn't be intimidated by anyone.
On a side note who is Peter Wilkins? He appears to have taken control of defense and it is looking much better already.