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NZU20 team named to play South Africa in Junior World Championship Final

allblacks.com     22 Jun 2012    

Peter Ahki comes onto the wing replacing Matt Proctor (concussion).

Rob Penney said this was the match they had been building toward.

"We know what needs to be done. We're very excited about playing in front of a huge crowd, and a popular home team. The boys have worked hard this week, and know they need to be disciplined and to stick to our game plan," he said.

New Zealand is chasing a fifth consecutive title at the World Championship yet both countries go into the Final showdown having lost one game during pool play.

The New Zealand Under 20 team to play in the Final is:

1. Ofa Tuungafasi
2. Nathan Harris
3. Fraser Armstrong
4. Joe Latta
5. Nick Ross
6. Jimmy Tupou
7. Hugh Blake
8. Jordan Taufua
9. Bryn Hall (C)
10. Ihaia West
11. Milford Keresoma
12. Ope Pelesuema
13. Jason Emery
14. Pita Ahki
15. Marty Mckenzie

Reserves:
16. Rhys Marshall
17. Tuki Raimona
18. Eric Sione
19. Taniela Manu
20. Jake Heenan
21. Scott Eade
22. Ambrose Curtis
23. Marnus Hanley


New Zealand plays South Africa at Newlands Stadium in Capetown with kickoff at 4:45am (NZ Time). The match is broadcast live on Maori TV and will be replayed at 7:00am.