KING’S

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

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.

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