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

The new boys on the block will be thirst­ing for ac­tion af­ter play­ing less than 10 fair dinkum matches in 2015. The sec­ond half of their tele­vised Blues fi­nal against St. Kentigern showed a glimpse of the Whangarei heart and pas­sion. New coach Todd Hamil­ton will look to a core half dozen who are back to have a crack at reg­u­lar, high level First XV rugby. Watch out for the likes of first-five Scott Gre­gory, a top field events ath­lete, mid­fielder Ju­dah An­drews, who has moved out from the pack, and No 6 Hay­den Sloper. Hamil­ton wants to see how they re­spond to pres­sure and ad­ver­sity af­ter mostly win­ning too eas­ily in North­land for sev­eral sea­sons.

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