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RE­CRUIT­MENT BAL­ANCE

They will feel they have come out well. They lost Will Skel­ton, Dean Mumm and Rob Horne but have picked up Rob Sim­mons and Kurt­ley Beale. The lat­ter, es­pe­cially, is a great sign­ing as Beale was out­stand­ing last year for the Wal­la­bies and looks to be in the best head space and form of his ca­reer.

WHAT CAN WE EX­PECT TAC­TI­CALLY?

More will­ing­ness to at­tack with the ball in hand and use the play-mak­ing axis of Bernard Fo­ley and Beale to work Is­rael Fo­lau into space.

They also have a pack that can get stuck in and win and con­trol the ball for long pe­ri­ods.

GUT FEEL – RISERS OR FALL­ERS?

They have to be risers. Look at their squad... it’s good enough to be chal­leng­ing for the ti­tle and yet for the last three years they have been in­con­sis­tent and fairly aw­ful.

Will be a trav­esty if they go through an­other sea­son with­out beat­ing a Kiwi team.

WHERE WILL THEY FIN­ISH?

The min­i­mum ex­pec­ta­tion is that they will win the Aus­tralian Con­fer­ence. The Rebels and to a lesser ex­tent the Brumbies will be their main com­pe­ti­tion but they should fin­ish ahead and with enough points to host a home play­off. Af­ter that, it is down to their plan­ning, courage and ex­e­cu­tion on the day.

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