NZ Rugby World - First XV - - CENTRAL NI -

The new kids on the block will back them­selves to win it all but they’re in for some earnest ed­u­ca­tion about heart­land rugby. Sure, there’s some familiar foes like St Paul’s but most of their op­po­si­tion will be a new ket­tle of fish. The school has se­ri­ous pedi­gree and churns out dy­namic play­ers reg­u­larly – but is that go­ing to be enough though? Tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sor Bean is an­tic­i­pat­ing stylis­tic di er­ences from re­gion to re­gion and sees the need for his side to be ver­sa­tile and much smarter in their ap­proach. Size alone won’t win games. Their big plus? Abil­ity is thick on the ground. Full­back Wetere Pom­pey is al­ready on his way and in front of him stocky sec­ond-five Prince Lafele Sau­mani is both light and ex­plo­sive on his feet, cou­pled with in­valu­able game vision. Think­ing on their feet is the work-on for the whole side and re­turn­ing cap­tain and No 8 Fuifatu Aso­mua will drive the bus that in­cludes his promis­ing 132kg twin brother Sui­tani at tight­head. The strength of the CNI com­pe­ti­tion has un­de­ni­ably gone up a notch with Wes­ley’s in­clu­sion and they won’t be dip­ping their toes to test the wa­ters, they’ll be bomb­ing in.

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