New Zealand Schools announce tour squad     13 Sep 2007    

The team will play matches against Samoa Schools and Australia Schools A, culminating in an international against Australia Schools in Sydney on 9 October.

The squad of 28 includes Tim Nanai-Williams, the only player from the 2006 side to earn a second selection.

Gisborne Boys’ High School, winner of the 2007 New Zealand Schools Novotel First XV championship, has three representatives while beaten finalist Mt Albert Grammar provides two players in the squad.

Coach Hansen said the players’ mental and physical strength will be tested this year, with three games in eight days.

“This is an exciting challenge for the players. We have selected the players who performed well for their respective teams during the national competition and they now have a chance to showcase their talent on the international stage,” Hansen said.

The captain will be confirmed in due course.

The New Zealand Schools squad will assemble at Auckland Grammar on Monday 24 September before departing for Australia on Sunday 30 September.

2007 New Zealand Schools squad (province): Willie Afuvai (Palmerston North BHS, Manawatu), Nicholas Annear (Timaru BHS, South Canterbury), Kane Barrett (Francis Douglas Memorial College, Taranaki), Joshua Blucher (Takapuna Grammar, North Harbour), Trent Boswell-Wakefield (Napier BHS, Hawke’s Bay), Ben Botica (Westlake BHS, North Harbour), Mitchell Campbell (New Plymouth BHS, Taranaki), Jason Church (Hamilton BHS, Waikato), Todd Curtis (Francis Douglas Memorial College, Taranaki), Elliot Dixon (St Bede’s College, Canterbury), Daniel Faleafa (Mt Albert Grammar, Auckland), Siosaia Fia (Palmerston North BHS, Manawatu), Sean Haloholo (Mt Albert Grammar, Auckland), TJ Ioane (Wellington College, Wellington), Murray Iti (Hamilton BHS, Waikato), Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Hamilton BHS, Waikato), Patrick Leafa (Sacred Heart College, Auckland), Faatiga Lemalu (De La Salle College, Auckland), Rick McKenna (Francis Douglas Memorial College, Taranaki), Tim Nanai-Williams (Manurewa HS, Counties Manukau), Michael Newman (Timaru BHS, South Canterbury), Charlie Ngatai (Gisborne BHS, Poverty Bay), Brendon O'Connor (Gisborne BHS, Poverty Bay), Robert Robinson (Southland BHS, Southland), Alex Ryan (St Bede’s College, Canterbury), Pomare Samupo (Gisborne BHS, Poverty Bay), Buxton Sasi Leutulava (Wellington College, Wellington), Sio Savea (Rongotai College, Wellington)

The team’s full schedule for 2007 is:
Tuesday 2 October: v Samoan Schools, Wyong Grounds, Wyong at 2.00pm
Friday 5 October: v Australian Schools A, Warringah Rugby Park, Narrabeen at 7.30pm
Tuesday 9 October: v Australian Schools, St Joseph’s College, Sydney at 11.00am