Porirua Park, Tuesday 30 September, kick-off 1:10pm
The New Zealand Barbarians Schools team to take on Australia Schools in the opening match of the International Schools series of matches in Porirua starting tomorrow.
The New Zealand Barbarians Schools team is:
|1 Mason Kean||Hastings Boys’ High School|
|2 Tom Hardy (c)||King’s College|
|3 Sione Asi||Otago Boys’ High School|
|4 Isaia Walker-Leawere||Gisborne Boys’ High School|
|5 Paripari Parkinson||St Kentigern College|
|6 Fin Hoeata||Dilworth School|
|7 Jahrome Brown||Hamilton Boys’ High School|
|8 Marino Mikaele-Tu’u||Hastings Boys’ High School|
|9 Liam Howley||Southland Boys’ High School|
|10 D’Angelo Leuila||Papatoetoe High School|
|11 Losi Filipo||St Patrick’s College Silverstream|
|12 Alex Nankivell||Christchurch Boys’ High School|
|13 Tui Samuelu||Christchurch Boys’ High School|
|14 Shelford Murray||King’s College|
|15 Caleb Makene (vc)||Napier Boys’ High School|
|16 Samisoni Taukei’aho||St Paul’s Collegiate|
|17 Antonio Ripata||Auckland Grammar School|
|18 Sam Tufuga||Rathkeale College|
|19 Matt Heffernan||Otago Boys’ High School|
|20 Brendan Bond||Westlake Boys’ High School|
|21 Lisati Milo-Harris||St Peter’s College|
|22 Luther Hirini||Feilding High School|
|23 Daniel Lee||Rosmini College|
Feilding High School’s Luther Hirini has been called into the squad and takes a seat on the bench after injury has ruled out St Patrick’s College Silverstream’s Jarrod Adams for tomorrow’s match. Coaches are hoping he is cleared to be selected for Saturday’s fixture against Fiji.
The match is a pre-curser to the New Zealand Schools first match against Fiji Schools. Both matches are being played Porirua Park tomorrow afternoon.
“We’ve got some fantastic strengths to this side – one of them will be our height with blindside flanker Finn Hoeata who is a lofty 2m tall. With Paripari Parkinson (2.04m) and Isaia Walker-Leawere (2.0m), Finn will be one of three line-out jumpers stretching over over 2m tall.
“I’m very proud of the way the boys have worked heading into this match – there are many hard workers in this side so we should see these boys continued the great tradition of a Barbarians style game with flair and excitement on display.
Coach Darren Larsen said despite a short assembly time (a week) the boys had bonded well, and were relishing the opportunity to play against Australia and Fiji this week.
King’s College hooker Tom Hardy will captain the side.
NZ Schools and NZ Barbarians Schools Fixtures
Porirua Park, Porirua, Wellington
Tuesday 30 September, Porirua Park
NZ Barbarians v Australia 1:10pm
NZ Schools v Fiji 2:50pm
Saturday 4 October, Porirua Park
NZ Barbarians v Fiji 1:10pm
NZ Schools v Australia 2:50pm
All matches are broadcast live on SKY Sport’s The Rugby Channel.
Australia v NZB replay
o Tuesday 30 September, SS1, 10pm
o Thursday 2 October, RC, 3pm
Fiji v NZS replay
o Tuesday 30 September, SS1, 11.45pm
o Thursday 2 October, RC, 4.45pm
Fiji v NZB replay
o Saturday 4 October, SS1, 11.15pm
o Thursday 9 October, RC, 8am
o Friday 10 October, RC, 2pm
Australia v NZS replay
o Saturday 4 October, SS1, 9.30pm
o Thursday 9 October, RC, 9.45am
o Friday 10 October, RC, 3.45pm