New Zealand Schools' and New Zealand Barbarians Schools' named

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Preparing in Hamilton, it is the first of two matches each team will play this week in a quad-series.  


Zach Gallagher takes up the captaincy of the New Zealand Schools team, after leading the Christ's College 1st XV this season.


Coach Mark Hammett said the players had been working extremely hard since assembling a week ago.


“There is a lot of work to get through in what is a short period of time but now it’s about tomorrow, we are really looking forward to the game,” said Hammett.


The team played an internal game of three halves against New Zealand Barbarians Schools and New Zealand Under 18 Maori on Thursday which Hammett said was an important part of the build-up.


“There is only so much you can do until you take the field and play together. It was a chance to grow combinations and also earn the respect of each other and tighten bonds.”


All 25 players will expect to see game time tomorrow, with Hammett saying the squad is excited to get onto the field in the black jersey.


“We’ve given players new techniques, skills and focus areas to work on. As a team we want to be able to play with pressure on us but also keep pressure on with ball in hand.”


New Zealand Schools' team:

1. Ben Lopas - Christchurch Boys’ High School

2. Ben Strang - Whanganui Collegiate

3. Tiaan Tauakipulu - Saint Kentigern College

4. Allan Craig - Saint Kentigern College

5. Zach Gallagher – captain Christ’s College

6. Anton Segner - Nelson College

7. Cam Church - Saint Kentigern College

8. Vaiolini Ekunasi - St Peter’s Cambridge

9. Max Hughes - Christchurch Boy’s High School

10. Aidan Morgan - King’s College

11. Gideon Wrampling - St Paul’s Collegiate

12. Jacob Kneepkens - Francis Douglas Memorial College

13. Meihana Grindlay - King’s College

14. Wil Gualter - Lincoln High School

15. Ruben Love - Palmerston North Boys’ High School


16. Matt Dobbyn - Hamilton Boys’ High School

17. Jack Sexton - St Andrew’s College

18. Seb Calder - St Andrew’s College

19. Dom Gardiner - St Bede’s College

20. Corey Kellow - Sacred Heart College

21. Manu Paea - Rotorua Boys’ High School

22. Te Rama Reuben - Saint Kentigern College

23. Ollie Lewis - Christchurch Boys’ High School

24. Roderick Solo - Scots College

25. Blair Murray - New Plymouth Boys’ High School


Playing on his home ground, Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead will captain the New Zealand Barbarians Schools team from the front row.

Coach Gus Leger said the team had been preparing well and were looking forward to facing their Australian counterparts tomorrow.

“New Zealand and Australia have a great rivalry so the team can’t wait for their chance to face them tomorrow,” said Leger.

Plenty of learnings from the game of three halves will prove important in tomorrow’s match.

“That will be invaluable tomorrow. Players got the opportunity to grow and learn together and we will be better off for that tomorrow. Representing the Barbarians is special and we have spoken about how we want to bring that to our performance,” said Leger.


New Zealand Schools' Barbarians team:

1. Joseph Gavigan - Manukura

2. George Bell - John McGlashan College

3. Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead - Hamilton Boys’ High School

4. Jamie Hannah - Christchurch Boys’ High School

5. TK Howden - Feilding High School

6. Taya Brown - Nelson College

7. Julian Goerke - Hastings Boys’ High School

8. Sosaia Moala - Auckland Grammar

9. Treyah Kingi-Taukamo - Saint Kentigern College

10. Lattrell Smiler-Ah Kiong - Hastings Boys’ High School

11. Michael Manson - Otago Boys’ High School

12. Giovanni Leituala - King’s High School

13. Alfred Nonu - Tangaroa College

14. Etonia Bainivalu - St Bede’s College

15. Tepaea Cook-Savage - St Paul’s Collegiate


16. Dayton Iobu - Kings’ College

17. Brian Leali’ifano - Sacred Heart College

18. Jona Mataiciwa - Saint Kentigern College

19. Leroy Ferguson - John McGlashan College

20. Harry Press - Hutt International Boys’ School

21. James Brown - King’s College

22. Leandro Vakatini - King’s College

23. Monu Moli - Marlborough Boys’ College


Match schedule (all matches live on SKY Sports)

Monday 30 September
New Zealand Barbarian Schools v Australia Under 18, 1.05pm at Hamilton Boys High School
New Zealand Schools v Fiji Schools, 3.05pm at Hamilton Boys High School

Friday 4 October
New Zealand Barbarian Schools v Fiji Schools, 1.05pm at St Pauls Collegiate
New Zealand Schools v Australia, 3.05pm at St Pauls Collegiate



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