Key man Ian Madigan Best signing George Smith Rising star Mat Protheroe
Best-case scenario Pat Lam is unapologetically aiming for Champions Cup qualification. If his revamped pack can achieve set-piece parity most weeks and Ian Madigan stays in form, that wonderful achievement could materialise.
Worst-case scenario Another yo-yo season seems unlikely given the experience and stardust in the squad. But trips to Saracens and Gloucester in rounds two and three represent a tough start. Lose at Worcester on Oct 7 and doubts might creep in. CM
Ins John Afoa (Gloucester), Jake Armstrong (Jersey), Luke Daniels (Ealing Trailfinders), Ollie Dawe (Academy), Tiff Eden (Nottingham), Jake Heenan (Connacht), Ed Holmes (Exeter), James Lay (Bay of Plenty), Jordan Lay (Edinburgh), Tom Lindsay (Bedford), Shaun Malton (Exeter), Aly Muldowney (Grenoble), Piers O’Conor (Ealing Trailfinders), Tom Pincus (Jersey), Charles Piutau (Ulster), Harry Randall, (Gloucester), George Smith (Queensland), Nic Stirzaker (Melbourne), Harry Thacker (Leicester), Lewis Thiede (Ealing Trailfinders), Yann Thomas (Rouen), Jake Woolmore (Jersey)
Outs Ryan Bevington (Dragons), Gaston Cortes (Leicester), Max Crumpton (Harlequins), Tyler Gendall (Cornish Pirates), Alex Giltrow, Ryan Glynn, Ben Gompels, Jason Harris-Wright, David Lemi, Jordan Liney, Ross McMillan (all released), Giorgi Nemsadze (Ospreys), James Newey (released), Jack O’Connell (Ealing Trailfinders), Thretton Palamo (released), Olly Robinson (Cardiff Blues), Billy Searle (Wasps), Soane Tonga’uiha (Ampthill), Dan Tuohy (Vannes), Jack Wallace (Richmond), Jordan Williams (Dragons), Rhodri Williams (Dragons)