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Under 20 hopefuls in final push for World Cup squad selection

allblacks.com     07 Mar 2018    

The camp begins on Thursday with a tight five clinic led by All Blacks scrum guru Mike Cron, before all players assemble for a five-day programme. Two trial teams will be selected to play Hurricanes Development and a Wellington XV on Saturday 10 March.

John Akau'ola-Laula
Auckland

Sione Asi

Manawatu

Suetena Asomua

Counties Manukau

Tom Christie

Canterbury

Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta

Tasman

Rob Cobb

Auckland

Devan Flanders

Hawkes Bay

Tom Florence

Taranaki

Brayden Iose

Manawatu

Ricky Jackson

Otago

Joe Johnson

Bay of Plenty

Josh Kaho

Waikato

Tevita Mafileo

Bay of Plenty

Slade McDowall

Otago

Sam Moli

Tasman

Jeriah Mua

Bay of Plenty

Xavier Numia

Wellington

Taine Plumtree

Wellington

Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa

Auckland

Matene Ruawai

Manawatu

Ben Sa'u

Auckland

Bradley Slater

Taranaki

Flynn Thomas

Southland

Will Tucker

Canterbury

Kaliopasi Uluilakepa

Wellington

Tupou Vaa'i

Taranaki

Stan van den Hoven

Bay of Plenty
   

Backs:
 

Leicester Faingaanuku

Tasman

Scott Gregory

Northland

Jack Grooby

Tasman

Ciarahn Matoe

Taranaki

Raymond Nu'u

Canterbury

Rupena Parkinson

Tasman

Harry Plummer

Auckland

Rameka Poihipi

Canterbury

Carlos Price

Wellington

Billy Proctor

Wellington

Ngane Punivai

Canterbury

Jay Renton

Southland

Xavier Roe

Waikato

Jamie Spowart

Tasman

Bailyn Sullivan

Waikato

Tanielu Tele'a

Auckland

Kaleb Trask

Bay of Plenty

Ueta Tufuga

Manawatu

Quinn Tupaea

Waikato

Not Considered due to Super Rugby or Sevens commitments


Caleb Clarke

Blues

Will Jordan

Crusaders

Vilimoni Koroi

All Blacks Sevens

Not considered due to injury


Jacob Devery

Hawke's Bay

Tim Farrell

Hawke's Bay

Laghlan McWhannell

Waikato

Ajay Mua

Bay of Plenty

Hoskins Sotutu

Auckland

Cameron Suafoa

Auckland

Sione Talitui

Auckland

Sheldon Tovio

Waikato

Will Tremain

Hawke's Bay

New Zealand Under 20 Head Coach Craig Philpott has taken a fulltime role with New Zealand Rugby in 2018 which expands his appointment beyond just the World Championship campaign. 

Philpott said this camp is an important component in building the squad.

“We had these players in camp in December for some testing and to set expectations and goals. This week we get to see how they have progressed over the summer months and really start building towards June."

The squad features several players who had been involved in the 2017 wider squad, while six players have been recognised for their performances in the New Zealand Schools’ campaign late last year.


A further camp for the New Zealand Under 20 squad will be held in April, before taking part in the Oceania Tournament on the Gold Coast in April and May. A squad of 28 will be selected to go to the Under 20 World Championship in France from 25 May – 18 June 2017.

The New Zealand Under 20 team have won six of the ten World Rugby Under 20 Championships, most recently beating England in the 2017 final 64-17. From the 2017 team, Asafo Aumua has gone on to debut for the All Blacks against the Barbarians in November while Caleb Clarke has played two tournaments for the All Blacks Sevens at the beginning of this year.