I'm basically concluding that you and I should be running this team hahaThis post is eminently sensible. Agree 500% hope this ends talk of him moving to the second row. Also nodded my head with you that Nikorima can't be a starting hooker due to the defensive demands of the position, at least at this stage.
My view, as stated before, on Niko is that he needs to develop:
1) a kicking game or he should spend his time in ISP until he learns one. When he plays half a huge amount of traffic piles on Green when it is time to kick for field position.
2) Defence. I have known a number of small cu**s in my life who were little terriers when it came to tackling at least at club rugby level fwiw.
If SK could develop Ken into the beast he is today from the mess he was 3 years ago, then maybe Niko can be a project player. In the short term I agree he would be great off the bench or as a utility/back up. Pretty pricey for that role though. Mind you we are only all thinking these thoughts because Chanel Harris-Tavita is shining, take Chanel Harris-Tavita away and we would be satisfied with Kodi just as he is.
Re Kodi - He has shown potential, has a dynamic running game and has a few work ons (kicking, game management, defence). He is young enough to develop for a half and by all account is a respected leader (from the broncos at least).
Depth is depth at the end of the day and we have always needed depth and quality in the halves. Chanel Harris-Tavita will have a slump, green will get injured. The more bodies we have the better