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New Zealand Under 20 programme casts wide net

New Zealand Under 20 programme casts wide net

The search for New Zealand’s top, young and emerging, talent will kick off with a refreshed New Zealand Under 20 programme.

More than 100 players will be tested over the next two weeks as the New Zealand Under 20 programme begins a new cycle.

New Zealand Under 20 Head Coach Craig Philpott said changes to the World Rugby Under 20 Championship dates to align with the International Window have allowed a re-think of the age-group programme.

The changes will see more than 100 contenders – almost double the number from previous years – attend regional testing, creating a larger pool of talent to monitor and develop. The first development camp will take place in March, creating a short five-month campaign leading to the World Championships in June/July.

Traditionally 50 players would attend a December camp, with those players then going through the selection process with subsequent camps and trials.

Philpott said the opportunity to increase the number of players in their system while also condensing the programme was enthusiastically received.

“The opportunity to test and monitor this number of players will have long term benefits. A number of these players aren’t necessarily in the mix for selection next year, but meeting with them now gives us the chance to gauge where they are at and create targeted development plans for them.

“After testing, players can go back to their provinces and focus on any potential Invetsec Super Rugby commitments with age group or development teams before reassembling for our first camp,” said Philpott.

Players from provincial Under 19 teams, New Zealand Secondary Schools teams along with players nominated by provincial unions will join the testing programme.

Provincial Union High Performance representatives and New Zealand Under 20 coaching staff will work with each player to create personalised development plans.

Players selected for testing are; (grouped in regional centres where testing will take place)

Leandro Vakatini Auckland
Soane Vikena Auckland
Hamdahn Tuipulotu Auckland
Sione Ahio Auckland
Tiaan Tauakipulu Auckland
James Brown Auckland
Damien Naufahu Auckland
Robert Rush Auckland
Terrell Peita Auckland
Te Rama Reuben Auckland
Oliver Parkinson Auckland
Cam Church Auckland
Corey Kellow Auckland
Niko Jones Auckland
John Latu Auckland
Taufa Funaki Auckland
Zarn Sullivan Auckland
Aiden Morgan Wellington
Patrick Elia Auckland
Corey Evans Auckland
Lemeki Namoa Auckland
Meihana Grindlay Auckland
Heremaia Murray Auckland
Jack Gray Auckland
Jimmy Roots North Harbour
Benet Kumeroa Bay of Plenty
Pou Sorenson Bay of Plenty
Chris Hemi Bay of Plenty
Manu Paea Bay of Plenty
Bailey Gordon Bay of Plenty
Cassius Misa Bay of Plenty
Tama Te Aute Bay of Plenty
Peni Lasaqa Bay of Plenty
Vincent Green Waikato
Matt Dobbyn Waikato
Stanley Paese Waikato
Hakaraia Richards Coxhead Waikato
Havila Molia Waikato
Tom Martin Waikato
Simon Parker Waikato
Andrew Viane Waikato
Viaolini Ekuasi Waikato
Cortez Ratima Waikato
Rivez Reihana Waikato
Tepaea Cook Savage Waikato
Gideon Wrampling Waikato
Valynce Te Whare Crosby Waikato
Ioane Moananu Counties Manukau
Cam Roigard Counties Manukau
Crusader Faletagoa’i Taranaki
Tupou Vaa’i Taranaki
Josh Lord Taranaki
Christian Fa’avae Taranaki
Lukas Halls Taranaki
Blair Murray Taranaki
Jake Russ Otago
Tyrone Thompson Wellington
Taine Plumtree Wellington
Caleb Delany Wellington
Keelan Whitman Wellington
Iona Apineru Wellington
Josh Southall Wellington
Sam Smith Wellington
Shaymus Langton Hurley Wellington
Kienan Higgins Wellington
Ethan Webster Nonu Wellington
Roderick Solo Wellington
Ruben Love Wellington
Patrick Teddy Hawkes Bay
Lattrell Smiler Ah Kiong Hawkes Bay
Ben Strang Manawatu
TK Howden Manawatu
Jason Myers Manawatu
Tyler Laubscher Manawatu
Stewart Cruden Manawatu
Josiah Maruku Manawatu
Drew Wild Manawatu
James Bolton Otago
Harrison Boyle Otiago
Finlay Brewis Canterbury
Tamaiti Williams Canterbury
Thomas Edwards Canterbury
Jack Sexton Canterbury
Lachie McNair Canterbury
Patrick Thacker Canterbury
Fletcher Newell Canterbury
Ben Lopas Canterbury
Daniel Johnson Canterbury
Sam Darry Canterbury
Mahonri Ngakuru Canterbury
Zach Gallagher Canterbury
Liam Allen Canterbury
Dominic Gardiner Canterbury
George Prain Canterbury
Luke Donaldson Canterbury
Louie Chapman Canterbury
Max Hughes Canterbury
Ollie Lewis Canterbury
Isaiah Punivai Canterbury
Chay Fihaki Canterbury
Luka Inch Tasman
Matt Graham Williams Tasman
Taya Brown Tasman
Campbell Morgan Parata Tasman
George Bell Otago
Sean Withy Otago
James Arscott Otago
Jacob Payne Southland


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