Junior All Blacks team announced for opening match
allblacks.com 24 May 2007
Co-Coach Colin Cooper said it was important for the Junior All Blacks to get the campaign off to a good start.
“There is no doubt that this match will be a challenge for us but it is important that we set the high standards we have for this team. The Junior All Blacks are New Zealand’s second national team and we are focused on fulfilling the expectations that come with the name,” Cooper said.
“As for Samoa, we are familiar with many of their players and they will be a challenging side, especially in conditions that they are used to,” he added.
Wellington hooker Tone Kopelani has replaced Corey Flynn who is on parental leave and Wellington centre Tane Tu’ipulotu has replaced Ma’a Nonu, who has joined the All Blacks squad.
Note: Daniel Braid has been bracketed with Tu’ipulotu in the reserves. A final decision will be made before the match.
The game will be televised live on Sky Sport 1 from 2.00pm on Sunday 27 May.
Junior All Blacks team to play Samoa: 15. Cory Jane, 14. Rico Gear, 13. Casey Laulala, 12. Stephen Brett, 11. Scott Hamilton, 10. Stephen Donald, 9. Jimmy Cowan, 8. Mose Tuiali’i, 7. Marty Holah (captain), 6. Kieran Read, 5. Greg Rawlinson, 4. Hoani MacDonald, 3. John Afoa, 2. Derren Witcombe, 1. Clarke Dermody
Reserves: 16. Tone Kopelani, 17. Campbell Johnstone, 18. Ross Filipo, 19. Jerome Kaino, 20. Andrew Ellis, 21. Anthony Tuitavake, 22. Daniel Braid / Tane Tu’ipulotu
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