NZ Rugby World - First XV - - WELLINGTON -

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful sea­son last year, which saw them win the Hur­ri­canes tour­na­ment, lose the Welling­ton fi­nal to St Pats Town and the top four fi­nal to Ro­torua Boys’, this year shapes as a re­build­ing sea­son for Scots. But they should still be right in the mix. In NZ schools prop Alex Fi­dow and the Umaga-Jensen twins – Peter, cap­tain of the Hur­ri­canes un­der 18s, and Thomas – Scots have lost three of the best sec­ondary play­ers in New Zealand. Locks Henry Mexted and Jari­mar Schus­ter have also de­parted, but loose for­ward trio Harry Saker, Ezra Dun­lop and Jack Loader are back. Lit­tle will change in the way they ap­proach the game. With strike weapons in the back­line Scots will again favour an ex­pan­sive, wide game. Tra­di­tion­ally, they love to have a crack and run from any­where which makes them a di cult prospect to plan for and de­fend against. Tai Neli, a short mid­fielder with ex­cep­tional feet, speed, and good ball skills is a key re­cruit from Aotea Col­lege.

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