New Zealand Under 20 team for Oceania finale against Australia 

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    The New Zealand Under 20 team to face Australia in their final match of the Oceania Rugby Junior Championship tomorrow, has been named.

The team is:

1    Ricky Riccitelli
2    Steven Misa
3    Isileli Tu’ungafasi
4    Geoffrey Cridge
5    Hamish Dalzell
6    Mitchell Jacobson
7    Mitchell Karpik
8    Blake Gibson (vice-captain)        
9    Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
10    Mitchell Hunt
11    Nathaniel Apa
12    Tinoai TJ Faiane
13    Anton Lienert-Brown (captain)      
14    Vincent Tavae-Aso
15    Luteru Laulala

Reserves
16    Liam Polwart
17    Tom Hill
18    Tau Koloamatangi
19    Josh Goodhue
20    Mitchell Dunshea
21    Luke Campbell
22    Fletcher Smith
23    Jack Goodhue

Hawke’s Bay    
Waikato
Auckland
Hawke’s Bay & Hurricanes  
Canterbury
Waikato
Auckland
Auckland & Blues
Taranaki
Auckland
Canterbury & Crusaders
Auckland
Waikato & Chiefs
Auckland & Hurricanes
Canterbury

Auckland
Canterbury
Waikato
Canterbury
Canterbury
Wellington
Otago
Canterbury


Head Coach Scott Robertson and his assistants Leon MacDonald and Tana Umaga have selected a strong squad, while still looking to test combinations.

Just seven of the players selected were in the team that beat Samoa 36-14 on Tuesday.

Prop Ricky Riccitelli, hooker Steven Misa, winger Nathanial Apa and midfielder Anton Lienert-Brown, are the only players who retain their starting positions. 

“We are pretty pleased with how the boys have performed over the past week.  It’s great to be able to really see the combinations come together, to put the boys under a bit of pressure in a tournament environment, and we’ve been pleased with how they’ve responded.

“We’re still looking at this as the ideal way to prepare for a World Under 20 Championship in Italy and the competition for places is intense – it’s exactly the preparation we need,” Robertson said.

Lienert-Brown will captain the side tomorrow after Atunaisa Moli was rested with a shoulder injury.

Otere Black returned to New Zealand earlier this week after he was recalled by the Hurricanes following an injury to first five-eighth Beauden Barrett.

The match, being played at Bond University on the Gold Coast, kicks off at 5:00pmNZT.

The New Zealand squad to compete in the World Rugby Under 20 Championship (formerly known as Junior World Championship) in Italy in June, will be named early next week.

LIVE COVERAGE
Matches are being livestreamed on oceaniarugby.com

NZ Under 20 playing schedule (local times):

Friday, 1 May 1:00pm    (NZT 3:00pm) NZ 75 Japan 0, Bond University

Tuesday, 5 May 1:00pm (NZT 3:00pm) NZ 36 Samoa 14, Bond University

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

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