The Timaru Herald

Coach hopeful over retention

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Holland would also like to recruit another first-five, although he was pleased with the developmen­t of teenager Ruben Love, who capped off a promising debut season with a second half try against the Reds.

‘‘We always need to make sure at 10 we’re solid so there’s probably one more spot there we need to fill,’’ he said.

‘‘Let’s not forget Rubes is probably just as capable at 15 as he is at 10, so we’ll see what happens in that space.

‘‘The last four to five weeks have been awesome for him and it will be good to see him kick on with the Wellington Lions.’’

As for the format, Holland was gutted to have lost South Africa’s involvemen­t in Super Rugby, but said his preference was to have the teams from New Zealand and Australia contest the one competitio­n next year.

‘‘You can’t play the same four teams over and over for everybody’s sake. While we look forward to those games, if you have to keep playing the same opposition over and over everybody is going to get a bit bored of it.

‘‘It was a stop-gap thing with Covid, and it was an awesome competitio­n, but if we’ve got the option, we need to play the Aussie teams.’’

 ?? GETTY IMAGES ?? While Ardie Savea, centre, kissed goodbye to departing midfield back Ngani Laumape, the Hurricanes are optimistic over the recruitmen­t and retention for 2022 with ‘‘positive chats’’ over star back Jordie Barrett, inset.
GETTY IMAGES While Ardie Savea, centre, kissed goodbye to departing midfield back Ngani Laumape, the Hurricanes are optimistic over the recruitmen­t and retention for 2022 with ‘‘positive chats’’ over star back Jordie Barrett, inset.

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