The New Zealand Schools team to face Australia Schools in their match at Porirua Park in Porirua on Saturday has been named.
The New Zealand Schools team is:
1 Ayden Johnstone Hamilton Boys’ High School
2 Max Fryatt Feilding High School
3 Shaun Stodart Southland Boys’ High School
4 Lui Okeamoa-Luamanu St Patrick’s College Silverstream
5 Quinten Strange Nelson College
6 Luke Jacobson Cambridge High School
7 Hayden Spencer Palmerston North Boys’ High School
8 Hapakuki Moala-Liava’a Massey High School
9 Sam Nock St Kentigern College
10 Ereatara Enari St Kentigern College
11 Malo Tuitama Scot’s College
12 Patelesio Tomkinson Otago Boys’ High School
13 Rieko Ioane Auckland Grammar School
14 Jonah Lowe King’s College
15 Jordan Trainor St Peter’s College
16 Solomone Tukuafu Hamilton Boys’ High School
17 Jonah Aoina Otago Boys’ High School
18 Alex Fidow Scot’s College
19 Sam Ulufonua Auckland Grammar School
20 Christian Kelleher Sacred Heart College
21 TJ Va’a Scot’s College
22 Caleb Makene Napier Boys’ High School
23 Mason Emerson Lindisfarne College
Rieko Ioane will captain the team.
Shaun Stevenson has been ruled out of the side due to injury sustained during the team’s match against Fiji Schools on Tuesday. New Zealand Schools won that match 58-0.
Caleb Makene from New Zealand Schools Barbarians has joined the team as a replacement player.
Other changes to the team include Shaun Stodart in the front row and Ereatara Enari wearing the number 10 jersey. The back line has also been re-jigged due to Stevenson’s injury, and Jonah Lowe will start on the wing.
New Zealand Schools Coach Dave Hewett said the team was excited to take on Australia and were expecting the Australians to be determined for a win.
“The team performed well against Fiji and we’re expecting Australia to be another tough challenge for us. The team is very aware that Australia will be looking for a win and we will need to be at our very best to beat them,” he said.
This match follows New Zealand Schools Barbarians v Fiji at 1.10pm.
New Zealand Schools v Australia
Saturday, 4 October at 2.50pm
Porirua Park, Porirua
All matches are broadcast live on SKY Sport’s The Rugby Channel. For full details go to http://www.skysport.co.nz/