New Zealand U20 team named to play South Africa U20


New Zealand Under 20 Head Coach Jono Gibbes has named a powerful 23-man squad for the tournament opener including representation from all five of New Zealand’s Super Rugby clubs and 10 different provinces.

Bason, who will lead a squad including his brother Mosese in the reserves, had the honour of joining the captains of Argentina, Australia and South Africa for a photo opportunity at Point Arkwright Lookout in Coolum ahead of the opening round of matches.

Auckland midfielder Xavi Taele has been named Bason’s vice-captain for the match.

The New Zealand Under 20 squad to play South Africa Under 20 is:

1: Will Martin (Chiefs, Waikato)
2: Vernon Bason (Hurricanes, Manawatū) (c)
3: Joshua Smith (Hurricanes, Hawke’s Bay)
4: Tom Allen (Hurricanes, Hawke’s Bay)
5: Liam Jack (Crusaders, Canterbury)
6: Andrew Smith (Chiefs, Waikato)
7: Johnny Lee (Crusaders, Canterbury)
8: Malachi Wrampling (Chiefs, Waikato)
9: Ben O’Donovan (Crusaders, Canterbury)
10: Cooper Grant (Crusaders, Tasman)
11: Stanley Solomon (Hurricanes, Wellington)
12: Xavi Taele (Blues, Auckland) (vc)
13: Aki Tuivailala (Chiefs, Waikato)
14: Frank Vaenuku (Chiefs, Bay of Plenty)
15: Isaac Hutchinson (Crusaders, Canterbury)


16: A-One Lolofie (Highlanders, Otago)
17: Senio Sanele (Hurricanes, Wellington)
18: Kurene Luamanuvae (Blues, Auckland)
19: Cam Christie (Blues, North Harbour)
20: Mosese Bason (Hurricanes, Manawatū)
21: Dylan Pledger (Highlanders, Otago)
22: Rico Simpson (Blues, Auckland)
23: Josh Whaanga (Highlanders, Otago)


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