*A World Rugby trial sees an extended bench, with eight players able to be used as replacements during the match.
Philpott said the team is excited to get into their work in Argentina.
“We’ve noticed a real buzz in the squad. These guys have worked extremely hard to get to this point and there is a real sense of emotion and enjoyment ahead of tomorrow’s match,” said Philpott.
The team spent one week in camp in Mt Maunganui before departing for Argentina and Philpott said it was a crucial opportunity to reconnect as a squad after their second place finish at the Oceania Championships.
“We established the style of rugby we wanted to play at Oceania so last week we were able to look at the challenges we faced, in particular against Australia. We had a hit out against Bay of Plenty last Tuesday which was the perfect way to get into some of that detail we identified that we needed to work on.”
Game one opponents, Georgia, are renowned for having a big team and Philpott said the team are prepared for the challenge up front.
“Most teams will be bigger than us and tomorrow we are expecting an awesome challenge from Georgia. Our guys are excited about that, Derren (Witcombe, set piece coach) has come in and picked up that challenge and has our players looking forward to getting into it.”
New Zealand Under 20 schedule (matches will be broadcast live on Spark Sport, times listed in NZT)
New Zealand v Georgia
Wednesday 5 June, 4am
New Zealand v Scotland
Sunday 9 June, 6.30am
New Zealand v South Africa
Thursday 13 June, 6.30am
TOURNAMENT PREVIEW | The 12th annual #WorldRugbyU20s begins in Argentina this week with the #NZU20s aiming for a record seventh tournament victory.