NZ Rugby World - First XV - - UC CHAMPS -

De­spite an in­ex­pe­ri­enced ros­ter, the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons should be in the hunt again. St. Bede’s have been strong in the Un­der 15 grade, achiev­ing top three fin­ishes at Na­tion­als in the last two years. Re­plac­ing Andrew Lan­g­ley as coach is Gerry David­son. He brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence hav­ing coached the team for more than a decade pre­vi­ously. Full­back Zach McKay is a po­tent at­tack­ing threat with strong na­tional se­lec­tion prospects. Year 12 Jake Keenan is likely to play first-five. He had a stel­lar sum­mer in Sevens with his sear­ing pace and silky skills trou­bling most op­po­nents. His­tor­i­cally St. Bede’s pro­duce a busy and un­com­pro­mis­ing set of for­wards and this year should be no ex­cep­tion. Prop James An­der­son will an­chor the scrum as the only Year 14 in the team while Thomas AdamCarter is a ver­sa­tile and solid per­former. Con­nor Sullivan is a 1.96m lock who will seek to em­u­late the feats of the Tucker brothers, both of whom made the New Zealand Schools. No 8 Oliver Brun­ton is a tire­less worker.

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