Kaupapa: Rugby

New All Blacks to raise the bar

Hei tā te kāhui kaiārahi o te kapa Ōpango - ehara i te mea me āmaimai anake ngā tauhou o te kapa. I kotahi ngā kaitākaro Ōpango pūhou mai, peperekou anō ki Tāmaki Makaurau whai muri i tōna whakaingoatanga inanahi.

Nā, kei te āta tirohia ngā tūranga e rua o te kapa, inā te muramura mai o te ahi whakataetae.

Hiki nuku, hiki rangi. E hiki ana te Kapa Ōpango i te paearu.  Mā hea atu hoki hei wāwāhi i te tau tākaro, i te hiki maitai.

Hei tā Poutahataha Ōpango Sam Cane, “Guys have pushed a few weights by the time they get to this stage, they've done it numerous times so they shouldn't be too nervous about that. I think a couple were nervous about turning up on time, I think everyone was about 20 minutes early today.”

He katakata hei whakamāuru ake i ngā āmaimai Ōpango. Nō te kāhui kaiārahi Ōpango te whakatau, he nui anō ngā mahi kaua mā ngā tauhou o te kapa anahe.

E ai ki a Aaron Cruden (Ngāti Raukawa), “Whether my role is on the bench or in the starting 15, or not even in the matchday 23, I just want to make sure that I contribute to the team ultimately getting a result.”

He tepe whakarunga e whakapaetia nei mā Israel Dagg o Ngāti Kahungunu mō tōna whakamātautau rima tekau

Engari ko ngā poutahataha Māori, ko Elliot Dixon o Ngāpuhi rāua ko Liam Squire o Ngāi Tahu kei ngā ngutu e iri ana.

Hei tā Cane, “It's no denying they're pretty exciting loose forwards, they're extremely athletic, big work rates so it'll be interesting and exciting to see how they go in this environment.”

Heoi, kei tōna hoa kapa Rangatira, kei a Cruden ōna ake pakanga i te pōraka tekau i tēnei tau

Kua tere whakatauritehia a Lima Sopoaga ki a ia, nō ngā tau iwa tekau te rāhi taima i pēnei rawa ai te kounga o ngā topatahi Ōpango, inā hoki, ko Carlos Spencer rāua ko te māngai hou o Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori, ko Andrew Mehrtens

Hei tā Cruden, “I was a Spencer guy, he’s from the Horowhenua. Not too far where I'm from, but I suppose he was a little bit flamboyant at times, but I just like the fact that he liked to express himself.”

Ā, kātahi anō te kapa Wērā a Warren Gatland ka hinga ki a Ingārangi, rua tekau mā ono ki te tekau mā toru, ā, kei reira puano te aro o tēnei kapa e whanake ake nei.