@Yeetyaah said in Chiefs 2020:
@Bovidae I feel like Manu will leave, the Blues will have a place for him. Chiefs will have ALB, Nankivell, Tupaea, Sullivan, and Wainui. Sullivan and Wainui are used as wingers but their natural position I would argue is centre, especially Wainui. Nankivell, ALB and Tupaea can play 12 & 13. Manu will most likely head north.
I'm comfortable with the depth in the midfield for the reasons you say. ALB and Nankivell will probably be the starters with the likes of Tupaea as backup. Wainui has issues on defence at centre, and that was likely one of the reasons the Crusaders let him go. Still young though. No Nanai-Seturo so he might end up on the wing with Alaimalo/Stevenson.
Lock I expect Tucker to be picked up. McWhannell will most likely be re-signed.
I think so too. Ardron more likely to be used as a lock than no.8. I'd like a tall lock (e.g., Parkinson).
For props, I liked the look of Ollie Norris. Iosefa-Scott looked good too, but I doubt the Higlanders will let him go.
Too early for Norris. The Chiefs have more depth at prop than any of the NZ teams with Moli, Laulala and Ta'avao as well as Ross. They will need another 2 props. Kautai was the 3rd TH this year and O'Neill was in the squad but injured like Hames. I would expect both Johnstone and Iosefa-Scott to be back with the Highlanders.
1st five is a hard one. Cruden if he's back would be cool. If not, I'd expect Falcon to step into a full time 10 role. Maybe pick up Trask or Reihana for development as well. I noticed Counties using Leger at 10 more this season, not that he did well, but he played 10 for the Chiefs last year so I'm unsure. Fuck Debreczeni for leaving after one year.
I'm still saying DMac could be the 1st 5. That means Stevenson plays at fullback and Alaimalo on the left wing.