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2012 New Zealand Under 20 squad named

allblacks.com     28 Apr 2012    

The squad was announced by New Zealand Rugby Union President Bryan Williams at the Under 20 trial camp in Palmerston North today.

Rob Penney said the trial saw 46 in camp, vying for a spot in the travelling squad of 28.

"All the boys put in a really good effort, and the trial game held yesterday gave us a lot to think about.

"I'm really happy with the squad we have selected with a lot of young men putting their hands up for national team honours.

"We're really excited about heading to South Africa now to defend our title," he said.

The 2012 New Zealand Under 20 team is:

NameProvince

Pita Ahki
Fraser Armstrong
Hugh Blake
Ambrose Curtis
Scott Eade
Jason Emery
Bryn Hall
Marnus Hanley
Nathan Harris
Jake Heenan
Milford Keresoma
Jonathon Kitto
Joe Latta
Christian Lloyd
Taniela Manu
Rhys Marshall
Martin McKenzie
Ope Peleseuma
Glenn Preston
Matt Proctor
Tuki Raimona
Nick Ross
Eric Sione
Junior Tafa Va'a
Jordan Taufua
Jimmy Tupou
Ofa Tuungafasi
Ihaia West
North Harbour
Waikato
Otago
Wellington
Southland
Manawatu
North Harbour
Waikato
Bay of Plenty
Auckland
Auckland
Canterbury
Wellington
Wellington
Canterbury
Hawkes Bay
Southland
Wellington
North Harbour
Wellington
Southland
Canterbury
Wellington
Auckland
Canterbury
Counties Manukau
Auckland
Hawke's Bay

Those unavailable for selection are Auckland's Gnafatasi Sua (injury) and TJ Perenara (Wellington) and Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty) due to Investec Super Rugby commitments.

The team will assemble again in Auckland on Friday 24 May ahead of travelling to South Africa on Wednesday 30 May.

The New Zealand Under 20 opens their tournament against Samoa on 4 June at Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch.