2018: Will the Hurricanes be contenders for the title?

Being located in Rongotai, we're big supporters of the Hurricanes so it was nice to hear from our friends at Stuff some reasons they will win it all!

1 Tempting to just repeat Beauden Barrett three times. The guy really is a good player, with the knack of both doing amazing individual things and helping others shine too. Throw in genuine professionalism and you've got a fairly complete and influential package.

2 The Hurricanes' other big asset is coaching. The staff of John Plumtree, Jason Holland, Richard Watt and Dan Cron – with Chris Boyd pulling all the strings from on high – is outstanding for this level of rugby. In fact they're better than most national teams can muster.

3 This isn't a jaded group either. Success and status can dull many players' appetite for Super Rugby, but these blokes remain very hungry for titles.