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New Zealand Under 20 side named to face Ireland at World Championships

New Zealand Under 20 side named to face Ireland at World Championships

New Zealand Under 20 Head Coach Craig Philpott has named his side to face Ireland in their final pool match at the World Rugby Under 20 World Championships in Georgia, on Thursday 11.30pm NZT.

New Zealand opened their campaign with a 42-20 win over Scotland on Wednesday and on Sunday they defeated Italy 68-26 in their second pool game.

The team is:

1 Ezekiel Lindenmuth Auckland
2 Asafo Aumua Wellington
3 Alex Fidow Wellington
4 Isaia Walker-Leawere Wellington
5 Sam Caird Waikato
6 Sam Slade Auckland
7 Tom Christie Canterbury
8 Luke Jacobson (C) Waikato
9 Ereatara Enari (VC) Canterbury
10 Tiaan Falcon Hawke’s Bay
11 Caleb Clarke Auckland
12 Orbyn Leger Counties Manukau
13 Braydon Ennor Canterbury
14 Tima Faingaanuku Tasman
15 Will Jordan Tasman
16 John (JP) Sauni Auckland
17 Harrison Allan Canterbury
18 Pouri Rakete-Stones Hawke’s Bay
19 Adrian Choat Auckland
20 Marino Mikaele-Tuu Hawke’s Bay
21 Kemara Hauiti-Parapara Wellington
22 Thomas Umaga-Jensen Wellington
23 Josh McKay Canterbury

New Zealand Under 20 Head Coach Craig Philpott said he and his coaching team have picked a strong side that they believe will feature in the back end of the competition.

“We expect Ireland to play with passion and like they have nothing to lose, hence the team we have named to put on the park.

“We have picked Tima Faingaanuku and Caleb Clarke on the wings. They both have size and strength and we hope we will be able to bend them out wide.

“Our clear goal from this match is to bag five points, so we can get to 15 for the round robin and hopefully qualify as the top seed for the semi finals.”

Under 20 World Championship pool:
Thursday 8 June 11.30pm NZT v Ireland

Information on World Rugby Under 20 Championship
http://www.worldrugby.org/u20 

Watch the World Rugby Under 20 Championship on SKY Sport (NZT)
Thursday 8 June 11.30pm NZT v Ireland SKY Sport 1


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