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.