NZ Rugby World - First XV - - CENTRAL NI -

They’ve lost all but eight of their 2015 run­ners-up squad yet Feild­ing will again be push­ing hard for the tro­phy. Go­ing one bet­ter is the only goal and coach Mark McAl­ley has pin­pointed the top two inches as the key to that hap­pen­ing. At­tack is once again the stand out strength and full­back Vil­imoni Koroi is the spear­head along with fel­low Sevens speed­ster of some stature, Moses Dawai. Get­ting them qual­ity poses­sion will be the job of an ag­ile, small­ish pack who o set any phys­i­cal short­com­ings with be­ing ex­cep­tion­ally drilled. McAl­ley and co-coach Mur­ray Ste­wart have the unique ad­van­tage up their sleeve that gen­er­ally only half a dozen of their squad are day-boys. The boarder-heavy team eat, sleep and train to­gether and the rugby pro­gramme has found it­self blessed with plenty of ta­lent from the sur­round­ing re­gions fit­ting seam­lessly into the cul­ture. In that cat­e­gory is promis­ing Year 12 Cody Ed­wards from neigh­bour­ing Whanganui. Ed­wards is set to con­trol from 10 and comes with the range of skills and men­tal tools to main­tain the danger in a side that av­er­aged al­most 50 points a game last year.

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