Blues depth for 2021
The season drawing to a close, so it’s time to start looking ahead to 2021.
Overall our forwards have been really good, we have an excellent forwards coach, and good depth. We need to improve accuracy at the ruck, and gain a few more turnovers.
Our top four props are clear, with the 3rd loosehead and tighthead spots in contention. Lindenmuth is promising, but needs more game time. Renata has shown he can play both sides, but might be a better loosehead. Fepulea’i and Adams are other possibilities, as is Lua Li.
Might be too soon for some of the age group players.
Eklund is the number one hooker going forward, with Parsons having maybe one more year ahead of him. Tolai is a good prospect, and Niuia might be back. Any good recruitment prospects?
We’re pretty solid at lock. Not sure if there are any new standouts coming along.
At loose forward, will be interesting to see if Jones or Choat can force their way into the squad.
Now the hard part, the backs.
Nock is the only halfback who I’m comfortable with starting. Christie is okay off the bench, but not a starter. TTT and Taumateine might be worth targeting. Some good young players coming through, but too green.
At 10 we are okay. Zarn Sullivan might force his way in though.
Midfield is tough. We really only have one good option at 12 and 13 until Tele’a is back. Hope he can stay fit next year. Tamati Tua is in the squad as a replacement 12, but it’s a long time since I’ve seen him play. AJ Lam might be worth a look at 13 and wing, and maybe Clarke can play centre too. Clarke may be preparing for olympic sevens next year though. Solofa Silipa plays 12 and wing in club rugby.
Any other possibilities from the region, or players worth recruiting?
We might need a couple of wings too. Hopefully Talea and Narawa improve their defence.
Perofeta went well at fullback, but is prone to injury. Duffie is okay but that’s about it. I’ve yet to see Page play. Trainor is a possibility.
Any others? Maybe nab Stevenson.