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New Zealand Schools and Barbarian Schools teams named     24 Sep 2014    

The New Zealand Schools team and the New Zealand Barbarian Schools teams will both face the touring teams during the series to be played at Porirua Park on 30 September and Saturday 4 October in Porirua.

The 2014 New Zealand Schools team is:

Rieko Ioane
Shaun Stevenson
Sam Ulufonua
Luke Jacobson
Max Fryatt
Ayden Johnstone
Solomone Tukuafu
Jonah Lowe
Mason Emerson
Hapakuki Moala-Liava'a
Quinten Strange
Jonah Aoina
Patelesio Tomkinson
Hayden Spencer
Christian Kelleher
Alex Fidow
Malo Tuitama
TJ Va'a
Shaun Stodart
Ereatara Enari
Sam Nock
Lui Okeamoa-Luamanu
Jordan Trainor

New Zealand Schools Coach Dave Hewett said his team was a well-balanced side that he expected could be competitive across all positions.

“We have been watching the form of these players right through the season and our recent development camp for the players helped us fine tune our decisions and pick a very strong side. I’m looking forward to seeing how they go against the Australian and Fijian teams.

“It’s fantastic to see players in the squad from schools other than the traditional powerhouses of college rugby. It shows it doesn’t matter where you’re from, talent always shines through.”

The New Zealand Barbarian Schools team is:

Antonio Ripata
Alex Nankivell
Tui Samuelu
Fin Hoeata
Isaia Walker-Leawere
Jahrome Brown
Mason Kean
Marino Mikaele-Tu'u
Tom Hardy
Shelford Murray
Caleb Makene
Sione Asi
Matt Heffernan
D'Angelo Leuila
Sam Tufuga
Daniel Lee
Liam Howley
Paripari Parkinson
Jarrod Adams
Losi Filipo
Samisoni Taukei'aho
Lisati Milo-Harris
Brendan Bond

New Zealand Barbarians Coach Darren Larsen said the standard of talent in his side demonstrated the depth of talent in college rugby.

“There’s a great mix of players in the team, from players with the x-factor to hard grafters who get in and get the work done.

“We are looking at a pool of talent that is likely to produce our future Super Rugby players and All Blacks – and that’s exciting. We are in for some exciting rugby.”

St Kentigern College prop Sean Paranihi was ruled out of selection due to injury.

Schools and Barbarian Schools Fixtures:

Tuesday 30 September, Porirua Park
NZ Barbarians v Australia 1:10pm
NZ Schools v Fiji 2:50pm

Saturday 4 October, Porirua Park
NZ Barbarians v Fiji 1:10pm
NZ Schools v Australia 2:50pm

Sky TV schedule:

• Australia v NZB replay
o Tuesday 30 September, SS1, 10pm
o Thursday 2 October, RC, 3pm

• Fiji v NZS replay
o Tuesday 30 September, SS1, 11.45pm
o Thursday 2 October, RC, 4.45pm

• Fiji v NZB replay
o Saturday 4 October, SS1, 11.15pm
o Thursday 9 October, RC, 8am
o Friday 10 October, RC, 2pm

• Australia v NZS replay
o Saturday 4 October, SS1, 9.30pm
o Thursday 9 October, RC, 9.45am
o Friday 10 October, RC, 3.45pm