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New Zealand Under 20 team to face South Africa

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allblacks.com     05 Jun 2014     Getty Images

Loose forward Tom Sanders, first five-eighth Simon Hickey and wing Tevita Li are the only changes to the starting XV with Kylie Harris and Richie Mo’unga shifting to the bench.

The team is:

1 Atunaisa Moli
2 Epalahame Faiva
3 Tau Koloamatangi
4 James Tucker
5 Geoffrey Cridge
6 Tom Sanders
7 Lachlan Boshier
8 Mathew Peni
9 Mitchell Drummond
10 Simon Hickey, captain
11 Tevita Li
12 Jackson Gardon-Bachop
13 Anton Lienert-Brown
14 Vincent Tavae Aso
15 Damian McKenzie

Reserves:
16 James O’Reilly
17 Scott Mellow
18 Timothy Cadwallader
19 Kyle Harris
20 Joshua Dickson
21 Joshua Renton
22 Richie Mo’unga
23 Tauasosi Tuimavave

Captain Simon Hickey assumes the leadership role in the No. 10 jersey while his Blues team mate Tevita Li starts on the wing ahead of TJ Faiane. Trusty boot Richie Mo’unga will come off the bench this week and Tauasosi Tuimavave will hope to get his first taste of game-time as he rounds out the reserve outside backs.

Boyd said that the match against Samoa proved a good confidence booster for the start of their JWC campaign but there had been areas of their game with which they were not happy.

“We’ve had a good review of that game, and we know what worked well, and what didn’t work as well as it was supposed to.

“I’m really pleased with the way some players really stepped up to the occasion last Friday.

“We know South Africa will again be a tough opposition but if we do the basics well, and focus on our own game plan then it should be a great contest.”

"It is pretty exciting to be part of this tournament, and the boys certainly apprciate how special it is to play at home in front of family and friends.

"We have had some great support for the team, and we hope that continues through the tournament," Boyd said.

New Zealand’s last match in Pool C is against Scotland on Tuesday. #JWC2014 playoffs will be played on 15 June with the Final on 20 June at Eden Park.