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