|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
New Zealand Barbarians Schools Team
New Zealand Schools and Barbarian Schools fixtures:
Saturday 8 October
NZ Schools v Australia Schools
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