New Zealand Under 20 team named to play Samoa in Oceania Rugby Junior Championship 

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    New Zealand Under 20 coaches has a completely new line-up for their second Oceania Rugby Junior Championship match against Samoa on Australia’s Gold Coast tomorrow.

The team is:

1    Ricky Riccitelli 
2    Liam Polwart     
3    Tau Koloamatangi  
4    Josh Goodhue       
5    Jamie Lane   
6    Mitchell Dunshea    
7    Dillon Hunt       
8    Teariki    Ben-Nicholas   
9    Luke Campbell    
10    Fletcher Smith   
11    Nathaniel Apa  
12    Jonathan Fa’auli    
13    Anton Lienert-Brown, captain    
14    Wesley    Goosen       
15    George Bridge        

Reserves:
16    Steven    Misa       
17    Tom Hill        
18    Atunaisa Moli        
19    Geoffrey Cridge    
20    Mitchell Jacobson    
21    Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi    
22    Mitchell Hunt        
23    Sean Wainui        

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With just two days between the first and second matches of their Oceania tournament, New Zealand Under 20 Head Coach Scott Robertson has opted for an entirely different starting 15 for tomorrow afternoon’s match.

Six players who started off the bench in Saturday’s rain-rescheduled match against Japan, have got the opening duties alongside 10 players getting their first run, with a bench stacked with players who started on Saturday.  Waikato hooker Steven Misa who was called in to replace Leni Apisai (concussion), also goes straight to the bench for tomorrow’s match.

New Zealand dominated over Japan to win 75-0 after the originally Friday-scheduled matched was postponed due to severe weather warnings. 

Robertson said that as with the first game, this was an opportunity for players to show what they could do.

“Again, it’s about testing a few combinations, but also really seeing how well they cope with playing in this environment.  With three games in a week, it does give a chance to use all our players and for them to start a Test and see them perform at the highest level,” Robertson said.

Australia Under 20 beat Samoa Under 20 33-10 on Saturday.

New Zealand plays Australia on Saturday at NZT 5:00pm.

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Matches are being livestreamed on both rugby.com.au and oceaniarugby.com

NZ Under 20 playing schedule (local times):

Friday, 1 May NZ 75 v Japan 0, Bond University

Tuesday, 5 May 1:00pm (NZT 3:00pm) NZ v Samoa, Bond University

Saturday 9 May 3:00pm (NZT 5:00pm) NZ v Australia, Bond University

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