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

Now in the un­fa­mil­iar po­si­tion of be­ing the hunted, Ros­mini have no less than 14 re­turn­ing from 2015. While the losses of first-five Jack Ber­gin and lock Ja­cob Pierce will be keenly felt, into the breach will step the likes of goal-kick­ing half­back and MVP of the 2015 fi­nal Con­nor Leather, mid­fielder Taine Wattie, hooker David Meki, prop Vin­cent Tuitupou and flanker Cooper Mur­doch, who scored the sole try of last sea­son’s de­cider. Ros­mini’s coach­ing sta re­mains un­changed, with for­mer All Black Gra­ham Dowd again charged with en­sur­ing the scrum and li­ne­out re­main well-oiled set-piece sources for the First XV.

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