PALMERSTON NORTH BHS
With around eight players back in 2015, Palmerston North BHS, beaten finalists in the Super 8 and the Hurricanes competition, still fancies their chances of at least making the decider again in 2015. “There are big holes to fill, but we’ve been developing guys over the last couple of seasons to replace them,” says coach Blair van Stipriaan.
Top of that exiting list is NZ Schools No 8 Hayden Spencer, a real kingpin in the First XV. Fabien Kiri may just slot into those boots after making a good fist of his game time, often off the bench. Lock Liam Giltrap will skipper the side, keen to build on his 2014 progress.
While proud to make the first Super 8 final, van Stipriaan knows how hard his charges pushed Hamilton BHS in the roundrobin, falling narrowly 22-20.
“I think we’re probably a wildcard,” says van Stipriaan. Nice try. Palmie will contend and the competition knows it too.