New Zealand Schools First XV final     22 Sep 2004

The match will be played in Pukekohe at 12pm.

Last week Wesley College beat Hamilton Boys’ High 34-10 and Christchurch Boys’ High beat Hastings Boys’ High 21-14 in last Saturday’s semifinals.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand Schools side, which was selected before the First XV competition started, is preparing at Matamata College until tomorrow for their three-match tour of Fiji, which starts on Saturday.

New Zealand Schools is touring with the assistance of the New Zealand Rugby Union’s principal partner, adidas, and will depart for Fiji from Auckland on Thursday at 10am on Air New Zealand flight NZ66.

New Zealand Schools squad for tour of Fiji and international against Australia:

Tim Bateman, Jonathan Direen and Baydon Phillips (Christchurch BHS), Maehe Austin (Gisborne BHS), David Bason and Sam Christie (Hamilton BHS), Daniel Bowden (Auckland Grammar), Dean Budd (Palmerston North BHS), Nick Crosswell (Feilding High School), Hikawera Elliott (Hastings BHS, captain), Hikairo Forbes (St Peter’s College, Cambridge), Simon Forest (Dunstan High School, Alexandra), Matthew Hill (Napier BHS), Vern Kamo (St Paul’s Collegiate, Hamilton), Luke Katene (Church College, Hamilton), Tanerau Latimer, Lance MacDonald and Jason Hona (Tauranga BHS), Sione Lea (Wesley College, Pukekohe), George Pisi (Massey High School, Auckland), Chris Smith (Westlake BHS, Auckland), Sherwin Stowers (De La Salle College, Auckland), Leo Taliu (Mt Albert Grammar, Auckland) and Victor Vito (Scots College, Wellington)

New Zealand Schools schedule
25 September: v Western Stallions, Churchill Park, Lautoka at 3pm
28 September: v Fiji President’s Selection, National Stadium, Suva at 3.30pm
2 October: v Fiji, Prince Charles Park, Nadi at 3.30pm
9 October: v Australia, Christ’s College, Christchurch at 2pm