New Zealand Under 20 programme casts wide net

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The search for New Zealand’s top, young and emerging, talent will kick off with a refreshed New Zealand Under 20 programme.

More than 100 players will be tested over the next two weeks as the New Zealand Under 20 programme begins a new cycle.

New Zealand Under 20 Head Coach Craig Philpott said changes to the World Rugby Under 20 Championship dates to align with the International Window have allowed a re-think of the age-group programme.

The changes will see more than 100 contenders – almost double the number from previous years – attend regional testing, creating a larger pool of talent to monitor and develop. The first development camp will take place in March, creating a short five-month campaign leading to the World Championships in June/July.

Traditionally 50 players would attend a December camp, with those players then going through the selection process with subsequent camps and trials. 

Philpott said the opportunity to increase the number of players in their system while also condensing the programme was enthusiastically received.

“The opportunity to test and monitor this number of players will have long term benefits. A number of these players aren’t necessarily in the mix for selection next year, but meeting with them now gives us the chance to gauge where they are at and create targeted development plans for them.

“After testing, players can go back to their provinces and focus on any potential Investec Super Rugby commitments with age group or development teams before reassembling for our first camp,” said Philpott.

Players from provincial Under 19 teams, New Zealand Secondary Schools teams along with players nominated by provincial unions will join the testing programme. 

Provincial Union High Performance representatives and New Zealand Under 20 coaching staff will work with each player to create personalised development plans.

Players selected for testing are; (grouped in regional centres where testing will take place)

 

Auckland

 

Leandro Vakatini

Auckland

Soane Vikena

Auckland

Hamdahn Tuipulotu

Auckland

Sione Ahio

Auckland

Tiaan Tauakipulu

Auckland

James Brown

Auckland

Damien Naufahu

Auckland

Robert Rush

Auckland

Terrell Peita

Auckland

Te Rama Reuben

Auckland

Oliver Parkinson

Auckland

Cam Church

Auckland

Corey Kellow

Auckland

Niko Jones

Auckland

John Latu

Auckland

Taufa Funaki

Auckland

Zarn Sullivan

Auckland

Aiden Morgan

Wellington

Patrick Elia

Auckland

Corey Evans

Auckland

Lemeki Namoa

Auckland

Meihana Grindlay

Auckland

Heremaia Murray

Auckland

Jack Gray

Auckland

Jimmy Roots

North Harbour

   

Hamilton

 

Benet Kumeroa

Bay of Plenty

Pou Sorenson

Bay of Plenty

Chris Hemi

Bay of Plenty

Manu Paea

Bay of Plenty

Bailey Gordon

Bay of Plenty

Cassius Misa

Bay of Plenty

Tama Te Aute

Bay of Plenty

Peni Lasaqa

Bay of Plenty

Vincent Green

Waikato

Matt Dobbyn

Waikato

Stanley Paese

Waikato

Hakaraia Richards Coxhead

Waikato

Havila Molia

Waikato

Tom Martin

Waikato

Simon Parker

Waikato

Andrew Viane

Waikato

Viaolini Ekuasi

Waikato

Cortez Ratima

Waikato

Rivez Reihana

Waikato

Tepaea Cook Savage

Waikato

Gideon Wrampling

Waikato

Valynce Te Whare Crosby

Waikato

Ioane Moananu

Counties Manukau

Cam Roigard

Counties Manukau

Crusader Faletagoa'i

Taranaki

Tupou Vaa'i

Taranaki

Josh Lord

Taranaki

Christian Fa'avae

Taranaki

Lukas Halls

Taranaki

Blair Murray

Taranaki

Jake Russ

Otago

   

Wellington

 

Tyrone Thompson

Wellington

Taine Plumtree

Wellington

Caleb Delany

Wellington

Keelan Whitman

Wellington

Iona Apineru

Wellington

Josh Southall

Wellington

Sam Smith

Wellington

Shaymus Langton Hurley

Wellington

Kienan Higgins

Wellington

Ethan Webster Nonu

Wellington

Roderick Solo

Wellington

Ruben Love

Wellington

Patrick Teddy

Hawkes Bay

Lattrell Smiler Ah Kiong

Hawkes Bay

Ben Strang

Manawatu

TK Howden

Manawatu

Jason Myers

Manawatu

Tyler Laubscher

Manawatu

Stewart Cruden

Manawatu

Josiah Maruku

Manawatu

Drew Wild

Manawatu

James Bolton

Otago

Harrison Boyle

Otago

   

Christchurch

 

Finlay Brewis

Canterbury

Tamaiti Williams

Canterbury

Thomas Edwards

Canterbury

Jack Sexton

Canterbury

Lachie McNair

Canterbury

Patrick Thacker

Canterbury

Fletcher Newell

Canterbury

Ben Lopas

Canterbury

Daniel Johnson

Canterbury

Sam Darry

Canterbury

Mahonri Ngakuru

Canterbury

Zach Gallagher

Canterbury

Liam Allen

Canterbury

Dominic Gardiner

Canterbury

George Prain

Canterbury

Luke Donaldson

Canterbury

Louie Chapman

Canterbury

Max Hughes

Canterbury

Ollie Lewis

Canterbury

Isaiah Punivai

Canterbury

Chay Fihaki

Canterbury

Luka Inch

Tasman

Matt Graham Williams

Tasman

Taya Brown

Tasman

Campbell Morgan Parata

Tasman

George Bell

Otago

Sean Withy

Otago

James Arscott

Otago

Jacob Payne

Southland

 

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