New Zealand Under 20 team named for final #JWC2014 pool match against Scotland
New Zealand fighting to stay in tournament:
The New Zealand Under 20 side to play Scotland in their third and final pool match of the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship tomorrow night at ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe, has been named.
The team is:
1 Scott Mellow 2 James O’Reilly 3 Tim Cadwallader 4 Troy Callander 5 Josh Dickson 6 Kyle Harris 7 Mitchell Jacobson 8 Tom Sanders 9 Josh Renton 10 Simon Hickey, captain 11 Tevita Li 12 Kavinga Finau 13 TJ Faiane 14 Tauasosi Tuimavave 15 Richard Moúnga
16 Epalahame Faiva 17 Tau Koloamatangi 18 Atunaisa Moli 19 James Tucker 20 Mathew Peni 21 Leon Fukofuka 22 Vince Tavae Aso 23 Damian McKenzie
With only loose forward Tom Sanders, captain Simon Hickey and last week’s hat-trick try scorer Tevita Li retaining their starting spots, the run-on XV features 12 changes.
New Zealand Under 20 Head Coach Chris Boyd said the group had worked to pick themselves up after last Friday’s disappointing loss to South Africa.
Walking away from that fixture without a bonus point has left New Zealand relying on other tournament results to go their way, to give them a sniff at a playoff position. And a sniff is all they need.
“We trained really well and the boys are raring to go – we’ve got a group that is quite focussed on the task – and we have a point to prove.
“We were really disappointed with ourselves against South Africa, but as I’ve said to the boys it’s like boxing and getting knocked down to the canvas – you have to pick yourself up and keep fighting,” Boyd said.
New Zealand plays the last of the matches at ECOLight Stadium tomorrow night – and by then, they will know where their playoff chances lie.
“Our focus is now on tomorrow, and we will go into that game knowing other results and we can only control what we control. But the lads are fired up and they are up for it.
“With this team, we’re looking for a lot of energy, accuracy, for them to play as a team and not as individuals and to stick to our processes,” he said.
New Zealand v Scotland
ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe
Tuesday 10 June
#JWC2014 semifinals will be played on Sunday 15 June, with minor and major Finals to be played on Friday 20 June.