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Coach Mark Hammett has defended the selection process of the New Zealand Schools side after the national First XV champions, Hastings Boys’ High School, were completely overlooked in the 25-strong squad.
Hastings Boys’ defeated Auckland 1A champions King’s College 27-14 in the Top Four final earlier this month, leading to expectations they would be well represented in the NZ Schools side, but their players were conspicuously absent when the squad was announced last week.
“It can happen at levels of the game,” said Hammett, whose Super Rugby commitments with the Highlanders took him out of the selection process.
“You can have a team of 15 players who are all rated 8 out of 10s, but in all the other teams around New Zealand there are players in those positions who are rated 9 out of 10s.
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“These other teams may not necessarily have the best teams but they may have the best individual players.”
Hastings Boys’ supplied two players, Latrell Ah Kiong and Julian Goerke, to the New Zealand Barbarians side, with both the NZ Schools and Barbarians squads selected before they go into camp together.
Normally, 50 boys go into camp before the squads are picked, and Hammett conceded that selection at schoolboy level, when players were developing at different speeds, was an inexact science.
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