Former student named in Auckland squad

Former student named in Auckland squad

12 August 2016

St Paul’s Old Collegian, Blake Hill, has been named in the Auckland Mitre 10 Cup squad. He played as starting hooker last week in the pre-season game Auckland vs North Harbour and has been named again in the starting line-up in this week’s game against Bay of Plenty.

This success was predicted by Blake’s 2008 1st XV coach Andrew Gibbs who, in 2008, said: “Blake is quite possibly the best lineout thrower in his age group in the country. He will be a player for the future.”

Since leaving St Paul’s Blake has played club rugby in Auckland, captained Thames Valley and enjoyed a season in Ireland where he was able to play semi-professional which confirmed to him that being a professional rugby player was a goal worth working hard for.

He says his secret to his success has been hard-work, keeping super fit and injury free.