Want to know who the next Beauden Barrett or Kieran Read will be? In his weekly column for the Herald, schoolboy rugby expert Herschel Fruean singles out the best First XV matches of the weekend, and some rising stars to watch. Fruean will travel New Zealand looking for the best talent the country has to offer, preview the big games every Friday, provide a wrap of all the results on Sunday, and rank the top 15 First XV teams (based on their performances throughout the season) every Monday morning.

1) Hastings Boys High School (last week, ranked 1)

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2) Rotorua Boys High School (2)


3) Otago Boys High School (3)

4) Hamilton Boys High School (4)

5) Auckland Grammar School (5)

6) King's College (6)


7) St Kentigern College (7)

8) Kelston Boys High School (8)

9) Scots College (9)

10) Sacred Heart College (10)

11) Nelson College (11)

12 St Bedes College (12)

13) St Peter's College (14)

14) New Plymouth Boys High School (15)

15) De La Salle College (Unranked)