Even at the Blues hope springs eternal. That's maybe because hope is all they have got left.

They hope that Beauden Barrett is going to say yes to playing there. They hope that the arrival of Finlay Christie will give them at least one halfback who knows what he's doing.

They hope that an experienced midfielder and dynamic fullback will turn up from somewhere and they hope that a coaching panel scrambled together late last year is going to prove to be one year wiser in 2020.


What they are also hoping is that their decision to commission an