SUN­WOLVES

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RE­CRUIT­MENT BAL­ANCE

Jamie Joseph has taken over from Filo Ti­a­tia as head coach at the Sun­wolves to cre­ate a set up sim­i­lar to the Pu­mas/Jaguares. Ex­cept the dif­fer­ence will be that one man, Joseph, is go­ing to coach both. Such a sys­tem has as many down­sides as it does mer­its but for the Sun­wolves at least, it means they have a proven coach who has won a Su­per Rugby ti­tle.

Maybe not sur­pris­ingly Joseph has per­suaded Michael Leitch, Hay­den Parker and Rob­bie Robin­son to join the cause.

WHAT CAN WE EX­PECT TAC­TI­CALLY?

No prizes for guess­ing that the Sun­wolves are go­ing to morph into the Ja­panese na­tional team. They will be supremely fit, play at an in­cred­i­ble pace and try to use their high skill level to run op­po­nents off their feet.

GUT FEEL – RISERS OR FALL­ERS?

They might go okay this year – find­ing that with two sea­sons un­der their belt they are bet­ter pre­pared to front each week and un­der­stand that it is a long com­pe­ti­tion. So to an­swer the ques­tion – we think they are risers.

WHERE WILL THEY FIN­ISH?

They will have more re­silience, more abil­ity to back-up each week but still, let’s be real, they aren’t go­ing to end up in the play­offs or par­tic­u­larly near them.

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