NZ team named for Oceania Under 20 Championship opener against Japan

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The New Zealand Under 20 team to play Japan in their first match of the Oceania Under 20 Championship later today, has been named.

The team is:

1    Tom Hill
2    Leni Apisai
3    Atunaisa Moli ©
4    Geoffrey Cridge
5    Hamish Dalzell
6    Mitchell Jacobson
7    Mitchell Karpik
8    Blake Gibson
9    Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
10    Otere Black (VC)
11    Sean Wainui
12    Tinoai (TJ) Faiane
13    Jack Goodhue
14    Vincent Tavae-Aso
15    Luteru Laulala

Reserves
16    Liam Polwart
17    Ricky Riccitelli
18    Isileli Tu’uangafasi
19    Mitchell Dunshea
20    Teariki Ben-Nicholas
21    Luke Campbell
22    Anton Lienert- Brown
23    Mitchell Hunt

Canterbury
Wellington & Hurricanes
Waikato
Hawke’s Bay & Hurricanes
Canterbury
Waikato
Auckland
Auckland & Blues
Taranaki
Manawatu & Hurricanes
Taranaki
Auckland
Canterbury
Auckland & Hurricanes
Canterbury

Auckland
Hawke’s Bay
Auckland
Canterbury
Wellington
Wellington
Waikato & Chiefs
Auckland

Coach Scott Robertson has opted for a side with numerous players already in professional rugby environments.

“What we’re keen to do in Australia is to give these guys an opportunity to play and show their talent in the first two games.  The team we’ve chosen for the match against Japan have Super Rugby and ITM Cup experience which is a great mix to start our campaign,” he said.

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

NZ Under 20 playing schedule (local times):

Friday, 1 May 1:00pm    (NZT 3:00pm) NZ v Japan, 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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