NZ Rugby World - First XV - - SUPER 8 -

Ro­torua placed fourth last sea­son with a 3-2-2 record. Those two draws could have been wins so it could have been an even bet­ter 2014 af­ter win­ning the Chiefs Cup.

But now Ro­torua looms as real con­tenders, even bet­ter than Su­per 8 dark horses. Only three have left from the 2014 squad, though the de­parted in­clude the gun backs Latu Vaeno, now with Taranaki, and Ma’ake Taulahi, now with Bay of Plenty.

“We’ve got some real lead­ers in there, the likes of cen­tre Isaac Te Aute and Trent Harris up front,” says di­rec­tor of rugby and new First XV coach, for­mer Bay of Plenty, East Coast and NZ Maori fron­trower Ngarimu Simp­kins.

“It’s in the back of our mind to get up there and be a top team in New Zealand school­boy rugby. There is a real ex­cite­ment around the school, but we need to keep our feet firmly on the ground.”

Watch for full­back Ngarohi McGar­veyBlack to chime into the line, as he did so ef­fec­tively in his man of the match ef­fort in the Chiefs Cup fi­nal. Hooker Isa­iah Leach and flanker Jade Hon­ey­combe will of­fer high energy in a ro­bust pack.

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