Schoolboys seek more success


Sportal     10 Oct 2006     Photosport

The game is being at the school, ahead of some of the country's rugby stadiums, in an effort to recreate the outstanding atmosphere which occurred when the Christ's College ground was used for the game in 2004.

New Zealand hasn't lost to Australia since 1997 and in 22 Tests since 1978, New Zealand enjoys a 17-5 winning margin in matches.

Australia's confidence for the match has been boosted by its wins over Tongan and Fijian sides before heading to New Zealand.

The heavier, and stronger, Tongan Under-18 schools' side was beaten 50-6 at Sydney while in two matches against a Fijian side and the Fiji Under-18 side, the Australians won 15-6 and 10-3 respectively.

New Zealand's team was selected after the high-quality Novotel 1st XV championship at Palmerston North last month, and is expected to be a strong, mobile side.

The team will be built round five survivors of the New Zealand side which beat Australia 22-19 last winter - No.8 Liukanasi Manu (Christchurch Boys'), halfback Wayne Ngaluafe (Kelston), lock Sam Whitelock (Feilding), wing Ken Pisi (Massey) and centre Winston Stanley (Auckland Grammar).

Two new players, fullback Israel Dagg (Lindisfarne) and wing Andre Taylor (Palmerston North Boys’ High) played for Hawke's Bay and Manawatu respectively in the recent Air New Zealand Cup matches.

The third member of the Braid family has gained his New Zealand jersey, open-sider Luke Braid (Tauranga College), following his All Black brother Daniel and father Gary into the national ranks.

Team to play Australia:

15 Zach Guilford
14 Ken Pisi
13 Winston Stanley (captain)
12 Jackson Willison
11 Joe Hill
10 Daniel Kirkpatrick
9 Wayne Ngaluafe
8 Nasi Manu
7 Luke Braid
6 Adam Cathcart
5 Sam Whitelock
4 Hugh Reed
3 Hamish Cockrane
2 Ashley Dixon
1 Marlen Walker


16 Quentin MacDonald
17 Tim Perry
18 John Hardie
19 Peter Saili
20 Jack Turley
21 Matt Cameron
22 Michael Harris