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NZU20 squad named for IRB JWC2014

allblacks.com     23 Apr 2014    

New Zealand Under 20 Coach Chris Boyd today revealed the team exclusively on allblacks.com today.

The 2014 New Zealand Under 20 squad is:

FORWARDS:
Lachlan Boshier
Timothy Cadwallader          
Troy Callander
Geoffrey Cridge
Joshua Dickson
Epalahame Faiva
Kyle Harris
Mitchell Jacobson
Tau  Koloamatangi  
Scott Mellow
Atunaisa Moli  
James O'Reilly  
Matthew Peni
Tom Sanders
James Tucker
Taranaki
Manawatu
Bay of Plenty          
Hawke’s Bay
Otago
Waikato
Otago
Waikato
Waikato
Taranaki
Waikato
Wellington
Wellington
Canterbury
Waikato
BACKS 
Mitchell Drummond
Kaveinga Finau
Leon Fukofuka 
Tinoai (TJ) Faiane
Jackson Garden-Bachop 
Simon Hickey (captain)
Tevita  Li
Anton Lienert-Brown
Damian McKenzie
Richard Mo'unga
Joshua Renton
Vincent  Tavae-Aso
Tauasosi Tuimavave
Canterbury
Canterbury
Auckland
Auckland
Wellington
Auckland
North Harbour
Waikato
Waikato
Canterbury
Otago
Auckland
Wellington

Head Coach Chris Boyd announced Blues first-five-eighth and returning Under 20 player Simon Hickey would captain the squad. He is expected to join the campaign in May.

“We think Simon will provide some great leadership for the team given his experience both on the field and in this team environment,” Boyd said.

As for the other players named in the squad, Boyd said the coaching team had been impressed with the standard of talent on offer, including during Monday’s intense trial match in Palmerston North giving them a strong indication of what players would bring into the team.



“We’re pretty happy with the squad we have selected. We’ve got a very hard working and efficient forward pack supported by a very exciting backline with plenty of talent.

“We expect to play a traditional New Zealand style of rugby – high tempo and expansive style of rugby.

“At the same time, we know that we will need to be strong on defence to off-set other areas of our game.”

On playing for the first time at home, Boyd said the players were well aware that playing the Junior World Championship at home was a rare opportunity.

“The boys are aware that this is a special occasion to be playing a tournament in our own back yard. They are looking forward to the challenge of playing at home, but they are also relishing the opportunity to showcase their style of rugby in front of family and friends.

“We are excited that we’ll be able to play in front of our families and we are looking forward to some fantastic support from them and anyone who’s a New Zealand supporter.”

The New Zealand Under 20 squad is in camp until Saturday 26 April. They will assemble in May for their pre-tournament camp in Mt Maunganui (20 May). They transfer to Auckland on 29 May ahead of their first game against Samoa on Queen’s Birthday Monday 2 June.

The squad will assemble prior to the IRB Junior World Championship on 20 May 2014, in Mount Maunganui. They will be based in Auckland from 29 May.

Tournament schedule:

Monday 2 June
V Samoa
7:35pm, North Harbour Stadium

Friday 6 June
V South Africa
7:35pm, North Harbour Stadium

Tuesday 10 June
V Scotland
7:35pm, ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe

Sunday 15 June - #JWC2014 playoffs

Friday 20 June - #JWC2014 Finals day