ST. KENTIGERN

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

In the last five years, St. Kentigern, four-time cham­pi­ons in that pe­riod, have shown an ad­mirable abil­ity to re-in­vent them­selves. Granted, the First XV may be well re­sourced and with a wide re­cruit­ment net, but they still must per­form with re­silience when ev­ery school wants to knock them o their pedestal. They some­how found a way to win the 2015 fi­nal when battling a crip­pling in­jury toll in the backs and a fired-up Auck­land Gram­mar. Now they will build much of their play around goal-kick­ing half­back Car­los Price and full­back Etene Nanai, one of the best in the fi­nal. Up will also step sec­ond-five Tanielu Te­lea, cen­tre Ru­pena Parkin­son, util­ity Rivez Rei­hana, flankers Kayleb Milne and Mitch Gib­son [younger brother of Blake], props Fa’a Lafaele and Te­vita Mafileo, and hooker Sam Toloke. Coach Tai Lavea ex­plains his ap­proach: “We don’t talk about win­ning cham­pi­onships. If we pre­pare well in­di­vid­u­ally, it will help the team per­form. We don’t talk too much about last year’s team, es­pe­cially if they’ve done well.”

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