NZ Rugby World - First XV - - SUPER 8 -

A clutch of re­turn­ing play­ers in their se­nior year champ­ing at the bit to end their First XV days on a high can be a pow­er­ful mo­ti­vat­ing force. Such is the case with Gis­borne BHS, which placed fifth on the 2015 log. No one will worry about that when plan­ning how to shut down this side, which likes to move the ball. While the loss of NZ Schools lock Isaia Walker-Leaware will be keenly felt, long-time coach Tom Cairns knows oth­ers will step up. Think loose for­ward Naera Tipoki, son of Rua Tipoki, who still helps out, locks Gabe Te Kani and Tyler Sy­mon-Burke, prop Jar­ryd Broughton, and a multi-skilled mid­field of Tame Cur­tis and Nathan Rangi­huna. No less than 16 are back from the youngish side of 2015 and all are now used to the lengthy bus travel that goes with play­ing for Gis­borne. With apolo­gies to the likes of Ti­maru BHS, Gis­borne ap­peal as the best school­boy First XV at a Heart­land union.

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