National leader Simon Bridges has a First XV of varied ability, some of whom are stars, some of whom have once been stars and some of whom need to lift their game.

Unlike All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen, it is a harder for Bridges to demote out-of-form MPs without risking revolt.

There is an expectation that an MP going through a rough patch could again regain their mojo and again be a valued team player.

Justice spokesman Mark Mitchell is one such MP who scores poorly in today's ratings of National's first XV.


He is one of three in