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NZU20 named to play Ireland in JWC2013

allblacks.com     14 Jun 2013    

Boyd has made six changes from the starting XV that beat Australia 14-10 in their second pool match played on Monday morning.

In the forwards Boyd Wiggins will get his first start of the tournament at tight-head prop with Sione Mafileo moving to the reserves.  There is one further change in the tight five with Christopher Vui starting at lock.  Joseph Edwards played on the blindside flank against Australia, and he will move to number eight, making way for Jordan Manihera who will start in the six jersey.

There are three further changes in the backs; Tayler Adams will start at halfback.  Two-try hero from the opening match, Michael Collins, comes back into the run-on XV at centre and the final change in the backline is Lolagi Visinia who lines up in the right wing.

Both teams have won their opening two games of the tournament and currently sit on 9 points each.

Ardie Savea, who has played in the opening two pool games for New Zealand, will again lead the team.

The New Zealand Under 20 team selected to play Ireland is:  
1. Donald Brighouse (Wellington)
2. Epalahame Faiva (Waikato)
3. Boyd Wiggins (North Harbour)
4. Patrick Tuipulotu (Auckland)
5. Christopher Vui (Auckland)
6. Jordan Manihera (North Harbour)
7. Ardie Savea – captain (Wellington)
8. Joseph Edwards (Auckland)
9. Tayler Adams (Southland)
10. Simon Hickey (Auckland)
11. Fa’asiu Fuatai (Otago)
12. Michael Collins (Otago)
13. Jason Emery (Manawatu)
14. Lolagi Visinia (Auckland)
15. Joseph Webber (Waikato)

Reserves
16. Kalafi Pongi (Counties Manukau)
17. Nick Grogan (Manawatu)
18. Scott Scrafton (Auckland)
19. Hadleigh May (Otago)
20. Teihorangi Walden (Otago)
21. Sheridan Rangihuna (Hawke's Bay)
22. Jade Te Rure (Manawatu)
23. Sione Mafileo (North Harbour)

Note - Loose-head prop, Daniel Lienert-Brown from Canterbury, is travelling to France as injury replacement for Alexander Hodgman (Canterbury).

New Zealand plays Ireland at Stade de la Rabine, Vannes, France early Friday morning.  Kick-off is at 4.45am (NZ Time).  All of New Zealand’s matches will be broadcast live on Maori Television with coverage of Monday’s game starting from 6.45am. Click here for match broadcast details.

Head Coach: Chris Boyd
Assistant Coaches: Chris Gibbes and Liam Barry
Manager: Paul McLaughlan

IRB Junior World Championship schedule

(Pool B: New Zealand, Ireland, Australia & Fiji)
Venue: Stade de Rabine, Vannes
Wednesday 5 June, 8.45pm: NZ 59 v Fiji 6, Vannes.
Sunday 9 June, 8.45pm: NZ 14 v Australia 10, Vannes.
Thursday 13 June, 6.45pm: NZ v Ireland, Vannes (NZT Friday 14 June 4.45am)

Semifinals
Tuesday 18 June (NZT Wednesday 19 June)    

Final
Sunday 23 June, 6.45pm (Monday 24 June, 4.45am)