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

New coach Mark Free is try­ing his best to play down Ros­mini’s am­bi­tions to reach yet another grand fi­nal. The loss of No 8 and 2014 skip­per Teague McElroy is a heavy one, and there are just two back from the 2014 fi­nal start­ing XV: bean­pole lock Ja­cob Pierce, who scored within 20 sec­onds of that de­cider, and sec­ond five Jack Ber­gin, who will move in one place.

But Free can guar­an­tee his charges will play with typ­i­cal Ros­mini spirit and pas­sion around a solid team frame­work.

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