NZ Schools team to play Australia Schools


Following last week's resounding 65 - 3 win over Tonga Schools in Hamilton, the New Zealand Schools team battled against a solid Otago Under 19 side in Dunedin yesterday, winning 27 – 11.

Karl Jones said the game was just what the team needed heading into their match against Australia.

“Yesterday’s match was exactly the physical challenge we needed. We were tested in defence and had to launch a variety of attacks to penetrate the Otago line,” Jones said.

The team is expecting a tougher match against Australia but they will be looking to repeat their win against Australia last year.

“All the boys have put in some hard work and displayed some outstanding rugby in the past week. The number of quality players we had to choose from made selection of this team quite difficult.

“I’m confident that we have the team that will put us in the best position to take this game, but we’re not taking anything for granted. We know Australia will have a score to settle and will come out hard,” he said.

New Zealand Schools play Australia Schools at Otago Boys’ High School in Dunedin on Wednesday. Kick-off is at 11:45am. The match will be broadcast live on SKY Rugby Channel.

New Zealand Schools team to play Australia Schools:

1. Fraser Armstrong Hamilton Boys’ High School
2. Gafatasi Su`a Mt Albert Grammar School
3. Ofa Tuungafasi Mangere College
4. Michael Fatialofa Mt Albert Grammar School
5. Nick Ross, vice-captain Hamilton Boys’ High School
6. Tupou Sopoaga Wellington College
7. Jacob Heenan Whanagrei Boys’ High School
8. Adam Burn Hamilton Boys’ High School
9. TJ Perenara, captain Mana College
10. Matt McGahan Mt Albert Grammar School
11. Junior Tofa Va’a Kelston Boys’ High School
12. Ope Peleseuma St Patrick’s College (Silverstream)
13. James Lowe Nelson College
14. Milford Keresoma Mt Albert Grammar School
15. Albert Nikoro Mt Albert Grammar School

16. Michael Gardner St Bede’s College
17. Tuki Raimona Southland Boys’ High School
18. Joe Latta Wellington College
19. Siulogo Fotofili Wesley College
20. Doug Horrocks Fielding High School
21. Bryn Hall St Peter’s College
22. Scott Eade Southland Boys’ High School
23. Jason Emery Palmerston North Boys’ High School
24. Matt Proctor St Patrick’s College (Town)

New Zealand Schools matches:
27 September: New Zealand Schools 65 v Tonga 3, Hamilton
1 October: New Zealand Schools 27 v Otago Under-19 11, Dunedin
6 October: New Zealand Schools v Australia, Dunedin