New Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd has underlined that a stellar backline will not be enough to win a Super Rugby title.
Boyd is taking over in Wellington along with John Plumtree following the departure of Mark Hammett.
Ma'a Nonu's return to the 'Canes was confirmed earlier in the week while Jason Woodward is also joining from the Melbourne Rebels to complete a high-quality back division.
But Boyd made clear that without a competent set of forwards upfront, success would not be guaranteed.
"I don't think any of us are stupid enough to think that good backlines are going to get you a constantly good performance," Boyd told NZ Newswire.
"In round terms, forward packs will win you championships and backlines will win you games."
Boyd stated that while Nonu is a talented player, the All Blacks centre would not be asked to carry teams in Wellington as he has done in the past.
"At those other teams, I think he's carried the can a little too much," added Boyd.
"Hopefully with the squad he's got around him, we can just ask him to be the best that he can in his particular role."