Wellington’s under-13 rugby side, who have had an unbeaten year to date, can be thankful for the input of their Northern United stars.
Until the weekend just gone, the representative side had scored 470 points and conceded just 40, including an 81-0 thrashing of Poverty Bay, a 55-5 humbling of Manawatu and an 81-5 demolition of Canterbury Metro.
Of the nine Norths boys, four hail from Titahi Bay and the rest from Porirua. Their local coach, Willie McMahon, says they’re among the brightest talent in the region.
‘‘These boys have got the goods – they’ve had one of the best seasons for Wellington that I can remember.’’ The key is to retain them in the Norths setup, he says.
Next generation: These Northern United lads have flourished in the black and yellow of Wellington and have bright futures in rugby. From left, back row, Lennox McMahon, Kerrod Foaese, William Sila and Darcy Taylor-Rountree; front row, Kemara Hauiti-Parapara, Paul Bickle, Losi Filipo, Patrick Akavi-Ahnau and Jordan Birch.