Rebel Adams to re­turn for Stags

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While the High­landers’ All Blacks will re­turn to New Zealand to­mor­row for a three-day camp, the rest of the team will head to Bris­bane to pre­pare for next week­end’s clash with the Reds at Sun­corp Sta­dium.

Con­sec­u­tive wins in Aus­tralia is a must if they aren’t to be left be­hind on the stand­ings, par­tic­u­larly with a date against the Hur­ri­canes in Dunedin loom­ing on June 1, their fi­nal match be­fore Su­per Rugby goes into hia­tus.

‘‘We want to keep im­prov­ing, keep on get­ting bet­ter. And, of course, we want to fin­ish strongly. The New Zealand con­fer­ence is in­cred­i­bly tight, so mak­ing sure we are do­ing every­thing we can do be in good shape for that is ab­so­lutely paramount,’’ Delaney said. Mel­bourne Rebels play­maker Tayler Adams is re­turn­ing to South­land.

Adams, a for­mer New Zealand un­der-20 rep­re­sen­ta­tive, has signed with the South­land Stags for the 2018 Mitre 10 Cup sea­son.

Adams, now 24, made his de­but for South­land as an 18-year-old halfback in 2012 but has since switched his fo­cus to first-five.

He played 24 matches for South­land over 21⁄ sea­sons be­fore cross­ing

2 the Tasman af­ter miss­ing out on a con­tract with the Stags for the 2015 sea­son.

‘‘I don’t think I re­ally made my mark, so it’s ex­cit­ing times to come back and give it an­other crack,’’ Adams said.

‘‘Hope­fully I can help the team re­build with some of the younger talent com­ing through.’’

Switch­ing from the nine to the 10 jersey has helped re­vive the career of the for­mer Kel­ston Boys’ first XV cap­tain.

He credits for­mer Mel­bourne Rebels as­sis­tant coach Todd Louden, who has guided him at the West Har­bour Pi­rates club, for the tran­si­tion.

‘‘Over the past year and a half, I’ve started to feel re­ally com­fort­able at 10,’’ he said.

‘‘The po­si­tional change has brought me more into the game, I’m a lot more in­volved and think­ing a lot more about what I’m do­ing.

‘‘It’s been a mind­set change that I need to take charge rather than rely on other peo­ple to do that.’’

He can still pro­vide cover at halfback but sees him­self as a No 10 who can also run at full­back.

Adams was named in the Mel­bourne Rebels squad for the 2018 sea­son.

Stags coach Dave Hewett ex­pects Adams to make an easy tran­si­tion back into the South­land environment.

‘‘The ex­pe­ri­ence of mov­ing away and hav­ing some time in Aussie has grown him from a rugby point of view, and prob­a­bly from a per­sonal point of view as well,’’ he said.

‘‘So we are re­ally ex­cited to have him back in the mix.’’

Mel­bourne Rebels squad mem­ber Tayler Adams has signed for the South­land Stags. GETTY IM­AGES

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