Not that I wish to pick nits, but Balan never actually arrived.
more nits - Friswell retired on medical grounds without actually starting the season. I think he played in one or two warm-up games, when he injured his neck, poor b***er. Of the others, not many out-and-out failures, and even they did a job by being on stand-by (Joe Ford the main disappointment?).
Of St Tub's "Got away", only Joe Gray has gone on to better things; Joe Ansbro possibly, at least with Scotland, when fitness allows. Kruger had his own special reasons of course, beyond any persuasion to stay, and was proved right. Chicken is a special case, as he always was! Wilson, Downey and Ashton we will wait and see but I would bet that only Ashton will make a significant impact elsewhere, and he had his own reasons to leave, like Kruger.
All in all, a good record for Jim & Dorian I reckon. I see no reason to believe that this year's comings and goings will sour that record.