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New Zealand Under 20 squad named for Oceania tournament

The New Zealand Under 20 squad to travel to the Gold Coast, Australia this month for the Oceania Under 20 tournament, has been named.

The squad is:

Forwards:
Ayden Johnstone
Mason Kean
Shaun Stodart
Sean Paranihi
Alex Fidow
Pouri Rakete-Stones
Leni Apisai, captain
Asafo Aumua
Hamish Dalzell
Quinten Strange
Sam Caird
Isaia Walker-Leawere
Fin Hoeata
Mitchell Jacobson
Luke Jacobson
Dalton Papali’i
Hapakuki Moala- Liava’a
Marino Mikaele Tu’u
Waikato
Hawke’s Bay
Otago
Canterbury
Wellington
Hawkes Bay
Wellington/Hurricanes
Wellington
Canterbury
Tasman
Waikato
Wellington
Taranaki
Waikato
Waikato
Auckland
North Harbour
Hawke’s Bay
Backs:
Jonathan Taumateine
Sam Nock
TJ Va’a
Stephen Perofeta
Jordie Barrett
Patelesio Tomkinson
Orbyn Leger
Jonah Lowe
Malo Tuitama
Peter Umaga Jensen
Mason Emerson
Jordan Trainor
Caleb Makene

Counties-Manukau
Northland/Blues
Wellington/Hurricanes
Taranaki
Canterbury
Otago/Highlanders
Counties Manukau
Hawke’s Bay
Wellington
Wellington
Hawke’s Bay
Waikato/Blues
Canterbury

Note: one player to be added prior to assembly in Auckland

Not considered due to Super Rugby Commitments:
Shaun Stevenson             Waikato

Players not considered due to injury:
Matthew Lansdown – Waikato
Jahrome Brown – Waikato
Hugh Renton – Hawke’s Bay
Ere Enari – Canterbury
Harrison Levien – Waikato
Lisati Milo-Harris – Auckland

New Zealand Under 20 Head Coach Scott Robertson said that he was pleased with the talent available for the tournament which will see them play two Test matches against Australia early next month.

“The trial matches that we held last month were incredibly valuable for us as selectors and we got to see the players in that intense game environment, and we got to see how they responded to the pressure of playing and competing for places.

“While there are only the two countries, we have two tough test matches against a strong Australian team in this Oceania tournament.  These will also provide us with a valuable sense of how they cope with playing intense matches in a compact window,” he said.

Hurricanes hooker Leni Apisai has been named captain of the side.

“Leni is just an impressive young man who leads a pack well on the field.  He has already shown a maturity beyond his years, in the way he has stepped up to starting for the Hurricanes when veteran hookers Dane Coles and Motu Matu’u were ruled out injured at the start of the season.”

The New Zealand Under 20 squad to compete in the World Rugby Under 20 Championship will be named in May after the Oceania squad returns to New Zealand.

The squad assembles in Auckland on 24 April and will play a match against the Blues Development XV on 28 April, before travelling to the Gold coast for matches against Australia on 3 and 7 May.


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