New Zealand Under 20 ready for home campaign

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Due to fly to Australia for a two-match series, the team will now remain at home, with matches against a Harlequins XV, Tasman Mako XV and the Cook Islands.

The team played their first match last week against Wellington XV, in Palmerston North, the  40-0 win a solid opening to their campaign.

The back three wreaked havoc, with Chay Fihaki running in three tries and combining with Hurricane Reuben Love at fullback and the Blues’ winger Jacob Ratumaituvuki-Kneepkens to control the first half. Love, George Bell and Vaiolini Ekuasi also crossed for tries in the match.

This afternoon sees the team play Harlequins XV at FMG Stadium Waikato. The Harlequins side, coached by Sir Gordon Tietjens, features NPC players from across the country, including a handful with Super Rugby experience.

The New Zealand Under 20s will then travel to Blenheim and face the defending NPC champions, the Tasman Mako in Blenheim. They close out their campaign against the Cook Islands in Auckland next weekend.

 

MATCH DAY PROGRAMME

 

The New Zealand Under 20 team for today’s match is:

1: Joe Gavigan (Manawatu)
2: Soane Vikena (Auckland)
3: Sione Ahio (Auckland)
4: Fabian Holland (Otago)
5: Zach Gallagher (Canterbury)
6: TK Howden (Manawatu)
7: Anton Segner (Tasman)
8: Vaiolini Ekuasi (Auckland)
9: Cortez Lee Ratima (Waikato)
10: Aidan Morgan (Wellington
11: Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens (Taranaki)
12: Corey Evans (Auckland)
13: Gideon Wrampling (Waikato)
14: Chay Fihaki (Canterbury)
15: Ruben Love (Wellington)

16: George Bell (Canterbury)
17: Jack Sexton (Canterbury)
18: Luca Inch (Tasman)
19: Dom Gardiner (Canterbury)
20: Sean Withy (Otago)
21: Nathan Hastie (Otago)
22: Peter Lakai (Wellington)
23: Te Paea Cook Savage (Waikato)

24. Josh Fusitua (Auckland)
25: Nathaniel Peters (Taranaki)
27: Riley Higgins (Wellington)
28: Meihana Grindlay (Auckland)
29: Manu Paea (Auckland)
30: Harry Godfrey (Hawkes Bay)

 

The New Zealand Under 20 campaign is:

 

V Wellington, June 30 in Palmerston North – 40-0 Win

v Harlequins XV, July 7 in Hamilton, kick off 2.30pm at FMG Stadium

v Tasman Mako, July 11 in Blenheim, kick off 2.30pm at Lansdowne Park

v Cook Islands, July 17 in Auckland, kick off 12noon at Dilworth College

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