The Chiefs had a disappointing start to their 2019 season, but finished their regular season on a high, just pinching a spot in the quarter finals, which they unfortunately lost to the Jaguares in Buenos Aires.
There were definitely things to be positive about for Chiefs fans and some of the disappointing results can be attributed to injuries (although there weren't as many as last year), but this season did also expose some weaknesses in the Chiefs' squad that need to be addressed for next year. Here is some basic info about the 2019 Chiefs squad that could be helpful for a discussion about the 2020 squad.
- Below, I've started with the 2019 Chiefs squad that was named on 31 October 2018. (Note: I've followed the squad guide for the determination of a player's position, e.g., lock or loosie, or lock/loosie etc.)
- In italics, I have added the players that also played for the Chiefs in 2019, despite not being named in the initial squad.
- Between (brackets) are the number of games played this season (stats: Fox Sports).
- In bold are the players of which I know for sure that they are signed through to next season (obviously, this list may/will not be complete because the duration of contracts is often not published. Some signings aren't even published).
Strikethrough: players, who are known to be leaving.
Some of the questions are:
1) The recruitment in which position is the most urgent?
2) Who of the players of the initial 2019 squad would you like to see signed for 2020 (or longer)?
3) Who of the players that played in 2019, but weren't in the initial squad, would you like to see signed for 2020 (or longer)?
4) Which other player, who hasn't played for the Chiefs in 2019, would be on your wish list?
5) Which player, who hasn't been signed yet, but played for the Chiefs in 2019, don't you want to be signed?
N Laulala (15)
T Mafileo (7)
F Hoeata (-)
Retallick (9) re-signed, but not playing in 2020 (Kobelco Steelers)
L Jacobson (8)
M Jacobson (4)
Weber (15)(1,029 minutes)
Tahuriorangi (15)(304 minutes)
D McKenzie (7)
M McKenzie (13)
A Lienert-Brown (14)
B Sullivan (3)
Moeakiola (9) to Kobelco Steelers
T Manu (16)
Donald (2) to NEC Green Rockets
(Please, let me know if you're sure I've missed a signing - if you can give me a link to a source, I'll correct it in the list above.)