2009 New Zealand Schools squad announced     08 Sep 2009    

The New Zealand Schools team will travel to Australia for a match against Australia Schools A and a one-off international against Australia Schools in October.

The 24-strong squad was selected from their school 1st XV teams, four regional camps, a regional tournament in July and the top four 1st XV tournament that has wrapped up in Rotorua today.

Coach Jones said picking the squad was a tough job as the players on our initial shortlist were all of a high calibre.

“This weekend has been a great exhibition of schoolboy rugby and Andrew and I are confident that we have selected a great team to take to Australia and hopefully have a very successful tour,” said Jones.

The New Zealand Schools team will play the Waikato Under 20 team in a warm-up match on 29 September at St Peters School before departing for Australia.

The 2009 New Zealand Schools squad: Michael Allardice (Palmerston North BHS, Manawatu), Gareth Anscombe (Rosmini College, North Harbour), Carl Axtens* (Reporoa College, Bay of Plenty), Sam Cane# (Reporoa College, Bay of Plenty), Chauncy Edwardson (Hamilton BHS, Waikato), Hanipale Galo (Wellington College, Wellington), Norman Goodes* (Wellington College, Wellington), Antonio Kiri Kiri (Palmerston BHS, Manawatu), Steven Luatua (Mt Albert Grammar School, Auckland), Otenili Moala (Auckland Grammar School, Auckland), Maritino Nemani (Sacred Heart College, Auckland), Albert Nikoro# (Mt Albert Grammar School, Auckland), Ope Peleseuma# (St Patrick’s Silverstream, Wellington), TJ Perenara# (Mana College, Wellington), Charles Piutau (Wesley College, Counties Manakau), Francis Saili (St Peter’s College, Auckland), Solomona Sakalia (Wellington College, Wellington), Lima Sopoaga (Wellington College, Wellington), Michael Stewart (St Bede’s College, Canterbury), Ben Tameifuna (Hastings BHS, Hawke’s Bay), Codie Taylor (Fielding High School, Manawatu), Joseph Tupe* (Auckland, Da La Salle College, Auckland) Ofa Tuungafasi# (Mangere College, Auckland), Kaperiere Wharewera# (Rotorua BHS, Bay of Plenty).

* denotes member of the 2008 New Zealand Schools squad.
# denotes current member of the New Zealand Under 17 squad.

New Zealand Schools key dates
23 September: Assemble at Lake Karapiro, Cambridge
29 September: Warm up match against Waikato Under 20s, St Peters School
5 October: New Zealand Schools v Australia Schools A, Gold Coast
9 October: New Schools v Australia Schools, Brisbane