With more work, they can come back. 2 years ago they were also out of contention and they pulled it together last year.
Also, they are good enough to be kept in the pool, you never know what can happen to the top teams, as we have seen, last year P/I got injured, this year W/P. It is foolish to think a federation to send a team which was 13 in the world into retirement.
Based on the results, they are 5th and part of the team, because W/P are injured.
It is the same like when Tessa and Scott were out. 6 teams were on the roster.
Doris I am sure we will see R/H at least at a "B" competition next year.