Connacht- A Boy and his Blob
Flawed and horribly broken, yet it has a good heart and spirit. Incredibly atmospheric, though in Connacht’s case that’s more down to the weather conditions.
Fionn Carr can double as the blob: he has one purpose, yet carries it out in many different ways. While he’s here to score tries not save Blobbinia, he has a variety of skills at his disposal to help him finish the job.
The titular Boy on the other hand is more Ian Keetley: A youngster entrusted with trying to steer a metaphoric sinking ship to safety.
Aironi Rugby- Henry Hatsworth
(NOTE: This was written before they got thrashed bye everyone.)
A weird new mash-up of styles, nobody knows quite what to expect, although when everyone gets use to it, it should be quite good.
Hatsworth’s assistant Cole is similar to Italy scrum-half Tito Tebaldi, a small, deliberately annoying character who, despite these supposed flaws, does his job very well. Although Tebaldi’s job is to start attacks, Coles is to tick the ‘Assistant’ box. Tebaldi wins.
Nick Williams is an experienced old head like Hatsworth, even if he doesn’t share the gentleman’s class. A big bashy type No. 8 rather than a thinker, perhaps he isn’t that much like Hatsworth, although his role as a leader in the team is just the same.