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Last appearing at the 2007 Under 19 World Championships, the New Zealand Under 19s are back in 2022 with a four-match tour of South Africa. A total of 30 players will travel to South Africa, to play four challenging fixtures against age group representative teams from the Stormers, Sharks, Lions and Leopards. New Zealand Rugby’s (NZR) High Performance Player Development Manager Matt Sexton said the tour will be a great opportunity for the growth and development of the Under 19 age group. "Over the past two years, Covid-19 has impacted the opportunities available for this cohort. To have the tour come together, is fantastic. We believe, exposing this group to quality South African age group sides who will play a different style of game provides a unique development opportunity for this next generation of players. This experience, alongside international travel and quality coaching will also accelerate these players preparation for the proposed Under 20 Rugby World Cup in July next year."

The New Zealand Under 19 squad

Name Province
Ajay Faleafaga Otago
Ale Aho Auckland
Andrew Smith Waikato
Bradley Crichton Wellington
Byron Smith Auckland
Cody Nordstrom Waikato
Cooper Flanders Hawke's Bay
Dylan Irvine Tasman
Epeli Waqaicece Manawatū
Essendon Tuitupou Auckland
Finn Hurley Otago
Gabe Robinson Waikato
Hunter Morrison Manawatū
Isaac Hutchinson Canterbury
Jack Taylor Southland
Jordi Viljoen Manawatu
Keran van Staden Counties Manukau
Leo Gordon Auckland
Mefi Poseti Tupou Hawke's Bay
Nic Shearer Canterbury
Riley Williams Auckland
Rory Woods Northland
Sam Hainsworth-Fa'aofo Auckland
Semisi Tupou Ta'eiloa Otago
Siale Lauaki Wellington
Tahlor Cahill Canterbury
Taine Kolose Bay of Plenty
Toby Taylor Bay of Plenty
Torian Barnes Canterbury
Will Stodart Otago

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