Lomax (an excellent signing) and Fidow. Very promising. It might turn a weakness into a strength
We just need another good LH (maybe Numia) and then (maybe) the Canes will end up with a VG front row. Then find another 1 or 2 good locks to partner Walker Leaware and the forwards without injuries will compete with any team.
The backs look as strong as any team as long as they can hold onto Barrett and Perenara. But we need to find better backups. Garden Bachop has a VG game against the Blues and could develop into a good backup but Fletcher Smith looks ordinary at best and a decent replacement needs to be found for him (hopefully he's only signed for 1 year).
Christie looks a bit up and down. I was a lot more impressed with Judd. So Judd and another good HB with Perenara
The Canes now have the makings of a very strong team. Right up there with the Crusaders.
The issue though that super rugby has is unequal teams. Its something NZ rugby need to address. So if all NZ teams are more even then overseas teams will have a better hope of winning. Otherwise super rugby will slowly die.