This year, more than any other, our domestic rugby competition features an influx of mentors wanting to make their mark - and avoid a visit to the graveyard.
“It's a bit of a graveyard for coaches isn't it? You wouldn't want to be doing it for job security would you?” incoming Wellington coach Chris Boyd said.
“I got over worrying about it. You do the best you can.
"If it's good enough, you keep getting a job; if it's not, someone else will get a chance.”
Boyd took over from Andre Bell after he was axed and he now faces instant adversity.
He's lost talented playmaker Lima Sopoaga, halfback T J Perenara and No 8 Brad Shield, all probably for the season, before a ball has been kicked.
“It's fair to say in that eight, nine, 10 space we've had some very significant injuries.”
Luckily, the 53-year-old local is one of the more experienced new head honchos.
Boyd served a five-year apprenticeship under John Plumtree; three at Wellington and two with South Africa's Sharks.
He deserves a crack at lifting the Lions from sixth after Andre Bell was asked to reapply for his job. Straight-shooting forwards coach Richard Watt has been retained.
Tim Bateman is crucial to the cause.
He will run the ship from first-five with other foundations based around captain Jeremy Thrush and a core of Super leaders.
But true success is a tough ask for anyone here. Rennie was the last coach to win a title in the capital, 12 long years ago.
The Lions play Manawatu on Friday at 6.05pm
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