College 1st XV Welcomes Boys' School 1st XV

June 24, 2020 at 3:18 PM

Current Head Boy of the College and 1st XV Rugby Captain, Will Bason, was once a student and an aspiring, young rugby player at the Boys’ School. This morning, Will, along with his fellow College 1st XV players, hosted the Boys’ School 1st XV for morning tea at Bruce House. Sharing tables, the boys tucked into some tasty fare, exchanging chatter between the ages.

Coach of the College 1st XV, Tasesa ‘Ces’ Lavea welcomed the boys saying he hoped this first visit would further strengthen the ties between the teams as the season gets underway. In introducing Will, he spoke about a fine, young man who leads the College prefect team, along with Head Girl, Lulu Denholm, as well as being a strong influence on the 1st XV in his role as captain. 

In speaking to the visiting team Will encouraged the boys to set goals and work hard to the achieve them. He said, ‘That is how you build respect with your peers, your teachers and your family.’ He finished saying, ‘Hopefully one day, you will be doing the same as I am, welcoming the next generation of aspiring Boys’ School players.’

Boys’ School coach, Reverend Reuben Hardie, also a former College student, said how proud he was of Will and others like him who worked their way from the 1st XV at the Boys’ School to the College premier rugby team. He introduced Boys’ School captain, Luka Makata, who gave thanks on behalf of his team, speaking with confidence to the hosts, wishing them well for their coming season.

After the disruption to training and play during the Covid-19 Lockdown, the teams are back in action and looking forward to play resuming from this weekend! The College 1st XV would love your support this Saturday, 27 June for their first game against Tangaroa College, to be played on the College No 1 Field at 1pm.



Coach of the College 1st XV, Tasesa Lavea can well remember his younger self, as a former boarder at Bruce House with his twin brother, Tai. Both are thankful to the College for the opportunities that were afforded to them, while at school, to excel on the rugby field and then continue on to forge rugby careers. 

Tasesa initially played professional rugby for nine years, firstly with the Melbourne Storm followed by the Manly Sea Eagles, Auckland Rugby, the Blues, the Chiefs, Counties Manukau, Clermont Auverne, Manu Samoa and English Premiership side Sale Sharks. Over the last twelve years he has accumulated significant coaching experience with the Chiefs U20, Counties Manukau U19 and most recently as Head Coach and Head of Rugby at King’s College. When Tasesa took up the role as the Saint Kentigern College coach, he was stepping into his brother’s shoes as Tai had been the 1st XV coach before him for several years! 

Tasesa has ownership of the whole College rugby programme, taking on the Development Group as well as Head Coach the 1st XV. He looks forward to welcoming the current Boys’

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