Second, Rugby Australia has overseen a barely acknowledged but highly successful talent retention and repatriation program, even though it apparently defies financial gravity.
Third, high-performance changes such as the Australia A program have been introduced, with the squad named for three games in Japan hinting at some genuine depth emerging.
On Super Rugby Pacific, you knew something had changed when the Western Force and Rebels beat the Hurricanes and Highlanders in the final round of the competition.
I have my concerns about both of those sides next year due to the exit of Santiago…
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