5 Players to Watch: Hawke’s Bay
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Able to play in the midfield or at fullback, New Zealand Under-20s representative Toala made two appearances for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby this year and should provide plenty of problems for opposing sides if given room to move during the campaign.
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Kereru-Symes came through a tough debut season with Hawke's Bay last year when required to step up after Ash Dixon was injured but went on to appear in eight games and impressed with a maturity beyond his years. A tough Under-20s campaign will have rounded off parts of his game.
Denied early chances in Super Rugby this year, Walker-Leawere would almost have felt that season came to an end at the wrong time such were the strides he was making. But he carried on with the Maori All Blacks and shapes as a key contributor for Hawke's Bay.
Another product of Hastings Boys' High School, Fakatava made his debut for Hawke's Bay last year playing eight games and immediately snaring a Super Rugby contract with the Highlanders where he played three games this season. Regarded as a player with plenty of potential.
One of the more experienced players in the Hawke's Bay pack, Allardice at lock has a crucial role to play in securing key possession, especially in lineouts, an area in which the side will need supply if they are to advance their case for getting out of the Championship.
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