I'd argue that it's not so much our specific players but our training that's causing the issue. There is no reason for Schuster to still be the size he is, yet here we still are. Likewise, we have plenty of forwards who could easily shed 10-20kg. I think too many of our players just love the gym and the bragging rights around lifting, wrestling and speed comparisons. When it comes to cardio training, I suspect there's more than a few not putting 100% in and I expect that will continue even if we switch some of the players out for smaller ones.Too many big forwards. Sipley at 120kg, Woods at 111kg (plus the rest), Paseka at 120kgs, Lodge at 117kg, Keppie 110, Bullemor at 110kg and Olakau'atu at 113kg's. Considering the Riff has three forwards at/over 110kg, Eisenhuth 111kgs (not a regular in the 17), Eddie Blacker at 115kg (not a regular in the 17) and Leniu at 110kgs.
Every Riff forward bar Leniu are under 110kgs.
The only big forwards I'd use would be Paseka and Olakau'atu. Propbably would've resigned Lodge for 2024, but since his ACL is stuffed not anymore. Get rid of Woods, Sipley, Boyle, Tuilagi Keppie. Keep Bullemor, Condon and Matterson. Move Schuster to 2nd/bench. Buy smaller forwards as Brodie Jones, Luke Garner and Luke Thompson.