I guess we can start looking toward next season
i guess we can assume everyone else is either still contracted or being negotiated with?
Collins has been a good reliable squad player, hasn't had may MotM's but also hasn't lost many for us, especially since moving to midfield
Tokolahi has been a great asset too
Ben-Nicholas has never really shone, not sure we'll miss him much
Disappointed Hemino is off, hes a real talent
I'll chuck my reply here.
All those guys featured in the final game of the season. I'd expect a few more won't be back as well.
At least one prop
Apart from that the majority of the squad will be fairly consistent.
Not surprised Himeno is going. A top talent, but a one and done situation.
I have a really good feeling about our propping future, a long-term starting duo our Mau and De Groot will be awesome.
From memory he has been with the squad since around the end of Super Rugby Aotearoa.
Seems a likely utility signing if true. I just hope we have also locked in Hugh Renton. I'd like to see Sean Withy locked in as well.
Seems to many loosies.
@kiwiwomble Funaki's starts for the Magpies in 2020 were in the 7 jersey, but he has replaced MMT a couple of times at 6. I think he also plays at no. 8 for his club, but not sure.
Just to give a very brief impression. He scored two tries in the Taranaki v Hawkes game (22nd and 42nd minute) and had one try controversially disallowed (36th minute). All are shown in this highlights clip. He's wearing the 7 jersey.
Here's a clip with Solomone Funaki's highlights. It's a clip from 2019, so mostly footage from the Hawkes Saracens (the Magpies Development team). You can see him in the 7, 8 and 20 jersey.
I don't know how good he can or will be at SR level, and whether he will be better than Harmon or Lentjes, because he simply hasn't played at that level yet, but he's bigger (heavier, at about the same height).
He's in the Tonga squad, so you'll be able to watch him if he gets into the matchday 23.
Spoke to a very good family friend of Folau Fakatava
Crusaders almost had Folau Fakatava,he was about to sign a 3 year deal ,in fact the crusaders had released Bryn Hall ..but what they did not count on was the influence of his parents back in Tonga who reminded him of who gave him his opportunity and that was the Highlanders..he took heed of his parents advice and decided to stay in Dunedin ..that left the Crusaders scrambling to get Hall back on the books .
For me , I am glad he stayed with the Landers no disrespect to Crusaders but your already stacked in so many positions.
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