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

Four fal­low sea­sons for Kel­ston BHS might be about to change. The west Auck­land school won 11 1A ti­tles from 1977-1998 but noth­ing since and no semi­fi­nals berth since 2011, when they took the na­tional Top 4 crown. They have al­ways pos­sessed the ath­letic ta­lent, ex­em­pli­fied by their record at the Con­dors 7s, but have lacked con­sis­tency. Now un­der the coach­ing of Che Muller and prin­ci­pal Brian Evans, they have as­sem­bled a strong squad fea­tur­ing 12 re­turnees and a stack of Year 12 ta­lent that has ma­tured. Clearly, they can­not lose their first five games as they did in 2015 and ex­pect to chal­lenge, but can build on the fact they lost just one of their last six games. Though the de­par­ture of NZ Schools three-quar­ter TJ Vaega is a blow, Kel­ston will look to full­back Seb Visinia and half­back Fa’alai Peni to lead the way along with Samoan Schools lock AJ Sa­gaga in the pack. “The No 1 mes­sage is all about the cul­ture and what’s been great about suc­cess­ful Kel­ston teams,” says Muller.

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