NZ Rugby World
Lock stock and two smoking barrels
It's clear the Chiefs have concerns at lock and first fiveeighth. Tupou Vaa'i had a breakout year at lock for the Chiefs in 2020 and ended the year as an All Black, but he's still green in his professional career.
He and fellow youngster Naitoa Ah Kuoi again appear set to play significant roles. Depending on how they decide to use veteran Mitchell Brown, they may both be starting or one will be used from the bench.
It’s great for the development of their stocks, but how consistent will they be?
It's a similar case at first five-eighth.
With Aaron Cruden moving on, the Chiefs have a choice to make: do they continue to rely on Kaleb Trask and hope he shows improvement from his rookie campaign in 2020, or do they hand the reins to
Neither option provides much excitement on name value, and while they have shown their ability at provincial level, neither has really kicked on at Super Rugby - Gatland is now playing with his third Super Rugby team since 2017.
Can either of these options provide the creativity and vision that could be required to bring this Chiefs attack to life?