NZ Rugby World - First XV - - AUCKLAND 1A -

Auck­land Gram­mar, af­ter be­ing most un­lucky in 2013, won a 66th 1A ti­tle in 2014. Coach Askew would love to use that as a spring­board for 2015, with 14 of the 28-man squad back. The de­par­tures of skip­per Robert Harris, lock Sam Ulu­fonua, cen­tre Rieko Ioane and full­back Shaun Steven­son will be keenly felt, but the onus will then fall on se­nior men such as lock Con­nor Wi­hongi, prop An­to­nio Ri­pata and first-five Wiseguy Fa­iane to lead the way. “We showed great growth over the course of the year. We lost a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence from 2013, so the whis­per among other schools was that we wouldn’t be quite as strong. But with sub­stan­tial growth we were able to achieve all those mile­stones. It all starts again and the slates are clean,” say Askew.

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