The summer cleanout at Christ’s won’t guarantee instant success, but it should ensure a more competitive team is fielded. Christ’s have eight returning players and performed strongly in the local Under 15 and 16 grades, ensuring there is a base to build from. Head prefect Angus Gray and 2015 captain Ngane Punivai will be central to the team’s fortunes. Gray is an astute first-five and Punivai a determined second-five who was the stand-out player last season. Christ’s forwards were sorely lacking in strength and size in 2015. New recruits Dallas McLeod and Taine Hintz should help address these issues. Hintz is a particularly valuable addition. The former Wairarapa College prop is the younger brother of Canterbury Under 19 prop Joel Hintz who won the Under 19 power-lifting championships aged 16. Christ’s last made the UC Championship semifinals in 2010. They haven’t beaten Christchurch BHS for 14 years, but the credibility and expertise of their new coaching sta means they shouldn’t be taken lightly.