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.

15. New Plymouth Boys' High School (last week 14)

New Plymouth

14. Tauranga Boys' College (unranked)


13. St Peter's College (13)

12. St Bede's College (12)

11. Nelson College (11)

10. Sacred Heart College (10)


9. Scots College (9)

8. Kelston Boys' High School (8)

7. St Kentigern College (7)

6. Auckland Grammar School (5)

5. King's College (6)

4. Hamilton Boys' High School (4)

3. Otago Boys' High School (3)

2. Rotorua Boys' High School (2)

1. Hastings Boys' High School (1)