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In Search of a New Identity
The Hurricanes ushered in a new era in 2020 after the departure of Beauden Barrett. Now they must re-adjust again as in 2021TJ Perenara will be in Japan.
While they should have the services of the likes of Ardie Savea and Dane Coles for the year, 2021 shapes up as a year of discovering an identity for the Hurricanes.
Losing their long serving playmaking duo, the Hurricanes will need to find new sources of inspiration and creativity for when things start to go pear-shaped.
With this comes some rather intriguing plot lines. Is 2021 going to be the year Jordie Barrett steps up as a real leader?
What role have they assigned Julian Savea to play? Will those players who seem to have plateaued in their development take the next step many of us have been expecting to see for a couple of seasons now? Say what you will about how nice it is to see your team in contention year after year, but a team in a transition period is a much more interesting watch in terms of story lines to follow throughout the campaign.
They have made some good, if not exciting, signings including bringing Savea back and some exciting young talents like halfback Luke Campbell, and they have the potential to pose a great threat on attack if they can get their combinations right.
There is a lot for Jason Holland to work with this year.