ST. PAT’S SIL­VER­STREAM

NZ Rugby World - First XV - - WELLINGTON -

Sil­ver­stream face prob­a­bly the big­gest chal­lenge this year when it comes to re­plac­ing school leavers but they have re­cruited for­mer Welling­ton and Hur­ri­canes hooker Tim Man­nix as head coach. Man­nix con­fronts a tough in­tro­duc­tion, with 10 play­ers from last year’s 22-man squad gone. Re­plac­ing some will be no easy task. Depar­tures in­clude No 8 Joshua Brown, lock Tone Fauolo, cen­tre Tar­quinn Alatipi, who has joined the South Syd­ney Rab­bitohs and NZ schools lock Losi Filipo. Gaps will largely be filled by play­ers from the Un­der 15 team that won the Welling­ton and Hur­ri­canes tour­na­ment last year. How they man­age the step up to First XV will have a large bear­ing on the team’s suc­cess. Man­ager Vic­tor Her­bert sug­gested Sil­ver­stream will be made up of grafters, rather than out-and-out stars. Loose for­ward/lock Jack Wright, se­lected for the Hur­ri­canes age group team, and No 8 Jar­rod Harawira, in his third year at this level, will need to lead the way.

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