New Zealand Under 20 camp a step closer to JWC2014
allblacks.com 13 Mar 2014
This is the first time New Zealand has hosted the Junior World Championship which features the best young players in the world. Twelve teams will participate in what is the biggest rugby tournament in the world outside Rugby World Cup. The tournament kicks off on Queen’s Birthday Monday, 2 June with the Final at Eden Park on Friday 20 June.
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Boyd said the process for selecting this year’s squad had been positive.
“We started off with a couple hundred boys before Christmas and got that down to 60 in November and now for the March trial which is this Saturday, it’s now 46.
"Whilst the boys have half an eye on making the side for the tournament in June, I think they are all really keen to just get through and put in a good performance on the park on Saturday.”
“We have a number of guys who have played ITM Cup already or in wider training groups or in Super squads in the backs, not so in the forwards. We have an impressive and competitive backline, and there is a real good journeymen look about the forward pack so some real competition in the locks and the forwards without there being a whole lot of rock stars,” Boyd said.
The side includes players from last year’s New Zealand Secondary Schools team, several contracted ITM Cup and Investec Super Rugby players.
The trial match on Saturday will be held at the Sport and Rugby Institute kicking off at 1pm.
Chris Boyd and his assistant Coaches Scott Robertson (Canterbury) and Leon MacDonald (Tasman) will make their final squad selections next month before assembling in May for the June tournament.
Players unavailable for selection for this camp due to injury are Hame Faiva (Waikato), Josh Renton (Otago), Vincent Sakaria (Wellington) and Matt Vaega (Auckland).
Players unavailable for this camp due to Investec Super Rugby duty are Simon Hickey and Tevita Li (Blues) and Mitchell Drummond (Crusaders).
Three players unlucky to be ruled out of the tournament due to injury are Brian Alainu’uese (Waikato), Sinclair Dominokovich-Murray (Auckland) and Michael Green (Canterbury).
The players selected for the March trial camp are:
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