EDITORIAL:

The Blues have become synonymous with disappointment, the Super Rugby titles in 1996, 1997 and 2003 long forgotten.

Seven seasons without knockout football and a singular top 10 finish will do that.

Mention the team and the conversation inevitably turns to talk of unfulfilled promise and lost talent.

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The Blues have done well to hang on to the incredible Ioane brothers, Rieko and Akira, after what had become a procession of players cutting their rugby teeth in the franchise's traditional feeder regions, only to transition from promising to prolific once they had taken the SH1 South.

Yet, despite the