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NZ Schools team named for Australia match
NZ Barbarians Schools team named to play Fiji
After wins over Fiji and Australia earlier this week, the New Zealand Schools and NZ Barbarians Schools switch opposition tomorrow (Saturday 8 October) as they aim for a clean sweep over their Fijian and Australian counterparts.

New Zealand Schools have made two changes to the side that surged to a 45-19 win over Fiji at Mount Albert Grammar School on Monday. Upfront, St Peter’s College lock Laghlan McWhannell has replaced the injured Hoskins Sotutu in the second row.

In the backline, Leicester Faingaanuku has been promoted from the Barbarians side onto the left wing with Caleb Clarke switching to centre in place of Paul Roache. On the bench, Sam Dickson has been rewarded for a strong performance for the NZ Barbarians Schools against Fiji with inclusion in the number 19 jersey.

NZ Schools coach Jason Holland said he was happy with the win over Fiji but some improvements would have to be made to compete with Australia.

“Some of our decision making and skills let us down for large parts of the game and we have worked hard to improve those areas. Our set piece was very good and will need to be again if we are to get a result against Australia on Saturday.”

The New Zealand Barbarians Schools side have made a number of changes to the side that overcome Australia 28-17. The changes have been made through both injury and players promoted to the NZ Schools team. In the pack Cameron Suafoa has replaced Sam Dickson while Matene Ruawai has switched from NO.8 to blindside flanker. There has been a reshuffle in the backline with fullback Kaleb Trask replacing first five-eighth Lincoln McClutchie, Connor Garden-Bachop switching from the left wing to the right wing and Danny Toala moving from wing to centre. Into the backline come fullback Jamie Spowart, left wing Niven Longopoa and second five-eighth Rameka Poihipi.

Barbarians Schools Head Coach Ryan Martin said Tuesday’s game had been a great occasion and a great opportunity to put their training into a full match.  But they had quickly adjusted their focus to tomorrow’s fixture: “We need to make our tackles accurately and use the set-piece to grind them.”

New Zealand Schools Team

1 Tim Farrell Napier Boys’ High School
2 Bradley Slater New Plymouth Boys’ High School
3 Robb Cobb Mt Albert Grammar School
4 Waimana Reidlinger-Kapa Mt Albert Grammar School
5 Laghlan McWhannell St Peter’s School
6 Aileone Lafaele (Ajay Mua) King’s College
7 Taufa Tuione (Sione) Havili Auckland Grammar School
8 Brayden Iose (C) Palmerston North Boys’ High School
9 Carlos Price St Kentigern College
10 Harry Plummer St Peter’s College
11 Leicester Faingaanuku Nelson College
12 Billy Proctor St Patrick’s College Wellington
13 Caleb Clarke Mt Albert Grammar School
14 Mosese Dawai Feilding High School
15 Ngane Punivai Christ’s College
 
16 Flynn Thomas Southland Boys’ High School
17 Xavier Numia St Patrick’s College Wellington
18 Damon Abraham Sacred Heart College
19 Sam Dickson Otago Boys’ High School
20 Naera Tipoki Gisborne Boys’ High School
21 Tim Hogan Otago Boys’ High School
22 Lincoln McClutchie Hastings Boys’ High School
23 Scott Gregory Whangarei Boys’ High School

New Zealand Barbarians Schools Team

1 Kianu Kereru-Symes Hastings Boys High School
2 Ricky Jackson Otago Boys High School
3 Tevita Mafileo St Kentigern College
4 Naitoa Ah Kuoi Wellington College
5 Cameron Suafoa St Peters College
6 Matene Ruawai Palmerston North Boys High School
7 Joe Johnston (C) King’s College
8 Kaylum Boshier New Plymouth Boys High School
9 Folau Fakatava Hastings Boys High School
10 Kaleb Trask Rotorua Boys High School
11 Niven Longopoa Mount Albert Grammar School
12 Rameka Poihipi Hamilton Boys High School
13 Danny Toala Hastings Boys High School
14 Connor Garden-Bachop Scots College
15 Jamie Spowart Kings College
 
16 Perry Karati Burnside High School
17 Samuel Matenga Gisborne Boys High School
18 Suetena Asomua Wesley College
19 Tupou Vaai Wesley College
20 Tom Florence New Plymouth Boys High School
21 TeRa Whata Rotorua Boys High School
22 AJ Lam St Peter’s College
23 Hayze Perham Rotorua Boys High School

New Zealand Schools and Barbarian Schools fixtures:

Saturday 8 October
NZ Barbarians Schools v Fiji Schools
Venue: Auckland Grammar School
Time: 1.10pm

NZ Schools v Australia Schools
Venue: Auckland Grammar School
Time: 2.50pm

SKY TV Schedule:
Tune into SKY Sport channel 53 from 1pm for live coverage of both games on 8 October.

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