HIGHLANDERS WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TACTICALLY?
About even. Fumiaki Tanaka and Marty Banks were good back-up at No 9 and No 10 so will be missed. But Tevita Li is a useful strike option on the wing and Siate Tokolahi can scrummage. Now that Tony Brown has been appointed head coach the Highlanders could become yet more innovative and astute. They dog it out with their workman-like pack and try to give an electric backline space to play. When they get it right and believe, they attack with more variation and vision than any other team.
GUT FEEL – RISERS OR FALLERS?
Everything points to the Highlanders having another good year. Their personnel are largely unchanged and they have promoted a smart assistant to the head job. Who knows why, but there is a feeling in our gut that the Highlanders are going to battle a bit this year. No real reason, just the spider senses are tingling.
WHERE WILL THEY FINISH?
Crazy this...but we think last in the New Zealand Conference.
BACK FOR MORE The bulk of the Highlanders squad have signed up for another campaign.