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New Zealand Under 20 squad named for 2013 IRB Junior World Championship in France

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NZRU Media Release
24 April 2013

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New Zealand Under 20 squad named for 2013 IRB Junior World Championship in France

The New Zealand Under 20 squad to travel to France in June for the IRB Junior World Championship in France has been named today.

Head Coach Chris Boyd, and his Assistant Coaches Chris Gibbes and Liam Barry have today selected their squad of 28 following a selection camp and trial in Palmerston North this week.
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FORWARDS
Front rowers:

Donald Brighouse         Wellington
Epalahame Faiva         Waikato
Nick Grogan                 Manawatu
Alexander Hodgman     Canterbury
Sione Mafileo               North Harbour
Kalafi Pongi                 Counties Manukau
Boyd Wiggins               North Harbour

Locks:
Scott Barrett               Canterbury
Jackson Hemopo          Otago
Patrick Tuipulotu         Auckland
Christopher Vui            Auckland

Loose Forwards:  saveaA
Adam Burn                  Waikato
Joseph Edwards           Auckland
Jordan Manihera          North Harbour
Hadleigh May               Otago
Ardie Savea                 Wellington

BACKS
Halfbacks:
Tayler Adams              Southland
Sheridan Rangihuna     Hawke’s Bay

First five-eighths:
Simon Hickey              Auckland
Jade Te Rure              Manawatu
 
Midfield backs:
Michael Collins           Otago
Jason Emery               Manawatu
Fa’asiu Fuatai             Otago
Teihorangi Walden      Otago

Outside backs:
Penikolo Latu             Hawke’s Bay
Leroy Van Dam           Auckland
Lolagi Visinia              Auckland
Joseph Webber          Waikato

The squad includes Highlanders centre Jason Emery and Hurricanes loose forward Ardie Savea, Chiefs wider training group fullback Joe Webber and Blues wider training group players, loose forward Joe Edwards and outside back Lolagi Visinia.

The squad includes a total 12 players who played ITM Cup last year.  Boyd said the competition for spots in this year’s squad had been fierce with many of 48 contenders demonstrating they had worked hard on their fitness and technique over the summer.

“I think the squad we have selected has been a good balance of hard workers and natural talent.  This is the culmination of a seven-month programme to identify our potential squad, and to develop those players,” Boyd said.
The New Zealand Under 20 squad is assembled in Palmerston North today for continued training until Sunday 28 April.  They will reassemble prior to departure to France, in Auckland on Monday 27 May.

IRB Junior World Championship schedule:
Pool B:  New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Fiji.
Wednesday 5 June: NZ v Fiji, Vannes
Sunday 9 June: NZ v Australia, Vannes
Thursday 13 June: NZ v Ireland, Vannes
Tuesday 18 June: play off matches including semifinals
Sunday 23 June: Finals

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