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NZ U20 team to play Australia in semifinal

allblacks.com     16 Jun 2009    

1. Willie Ioane (Manawatu)
2. Brayden Mitchell (Southland)
3. Ma’afu Fia (Manawatu)
4. Alex Ryan (Southland)
5. Shahn Eru (Wellington)
6. Brendon O’Connor (Canterbury)
7. Bernie Hall (Canterbury)
8. Trent Boswell-Wakefield (Hawke’s Bay)
9. Frae Wilson (Wellington)
10. Aaron Cruden (Manawatu, captain)
11. Zac Guildford (Hawke’s Bay)
12. Shaun Treeby (Wellington)
13. Winston Stanley (Auckland)
14. Nafi Tuitavake (North Harbour)
15. Robbie Robinson (Southland)

Reserves
16. Shae Tamati (Hawke’s Bay)
17. Latu Talakai (Waikato)
18. Leighton Price (Hawke’s Bay)
19. Elliot Dixon (Canterbury)
20. Tom Taylor (Canterbury)
21. Codey Rei (Taranaki)
22. Ken Pisi (North Harbour)


New Zealand remains unbeaten in the tournament having had wins over Uruguay, Ireland and Argentina in pool play.

Their final pool match against Argentina saw the New Zealanders run in seven tries in the second half with North Harbour’s Nafi Tuitavake scoring a hat-trick.

"We have had a full compliment of players to pick from for this match and we are very excited about the team we have selected and look forward to the challenge ahead in this semi final,” said Rennie.

SKY TV will be broadcasting the semifinals live on the Rugby Channel and TVNZ’s TV One will be broadcasting delayed coverage at 11.00pm.