We were remiss in 2015 by not listing King’s as a contender. As it transpired, the First XV played a good brand of rugby and sported the best defensive record in the roundrobin before bowing out to Auckland Grammar in the semis. Now King’s head into the 1A with most of the 2015 squad intact, barring key forwards such as Ben Morgan and Awanui Morris. The pack still looks beefy, with NZ Schools tighthead prop Takaji Young-Yen anchoring the scrum with secondrow support from Johannes Leituala and loosies Joe Johnson, Millennium Saneviri and 2015 NZ Barbarians Schools No 8 Ajay Mua. First-five Ciarahn Matoe ran the cutter nicely last season and he will feed some dangerous outside backs, spearheaded by centre Bailyn Sullivan. “I just know that the bigger schools will come up with good defensive schemes. The challenge for us is to up-skill our players and give them good game plans,” says coach Lavea.