Michael Maguire, the newly-appointed coach of the NSW rugby team, has indicated that he will be choosing his side based on form rather than past success. This announcement sends a warning to the established stars of the Blues team, such as James Tedesco and Damien Cook, who may have to fight for their positions when the 2024 season begins. This shift in approach from previous coach Brad Fittler, who was loyal to his players in 2023, could usher in a new generation of Blues stars and places pressure on the incumbents to perform. The implications of Maguire’s emphasis on form over incumbency will be an intriguing discussion point as the new season approaches.
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