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NZ U20s side named to face Italy

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allblacks.com     03 Jun 2017     allblacks.com

Tim Farrell has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Championships with an ankle injury. He has been replaced in the squad by Harrison Allan (Canterbury). He arrived in Georgia and joined the team on Friday. Allan was part of the New Zealand Under 20 squad for the recent Oceania Under 20 Championships.
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New Zealand opened their campaign with a 42-20 win over Scotland on Wednesday.

The team is:
1. Ezekiel Lindenmuth - Auckland
2. John (JP) Sauni - Auckland
3. Pouri Rakete-Stones - Hawke's Bay
4. Isaia Walker-Leawere - Wellington
5. Sam Caird - Waikato
6. Luke Jacobson (C) - Waikato
7. Adrian Choat - Auckland
8. Marino Mikaele-Tuu - Hawke's Bay
9. Kemara Hauiti-Parapara - Wellington
10. Tiaan Falcon - Hawke's Bay
11. Caleb Clarke - Auckland
12. Orbyn Leger - Counties Manukau
13. Braydon Ennor - Canterbury
14. Jona Nareki - Otago
15. Will Jordan - Tasman

16. Alex Fidow - Wellington
17. Harrison Allan - Canterbury
18. Ryan Coxon - Waikato
19. Jacob Pierce - Auckland
20. Tom Christie - Canterbury
21. Ereatara Enari (VC) - Canterbury
22. Tamati Tua - Northland
23. Tima Faingaanuku - Tasman

New Zealand Under 20 Head Coach Craig Philpott said a few injuries impacted their selection for the game against Italy.

“With a couple of guys carrying niggles, we have made a few changes to the team that played Scotland. That gives a number of players an opportunity to put their hand up and play well in this match so they can be a factor later in the tournament.

“Italy had a great result against Ireland in their first match, coming away with the win. We will treat them with a lot of respect. Italy’s scrum will be good and we need to make sure we are at our best against them.

“We were good in this area against Scotland and we need to continue to build on that good start in this next match.”

Under 20 World Championship pool:
Sunday 4 June, 11.30pm NZT v Italy
Thursday 8 June 11.30pm NZT v Ireland

Information on World Rugby Under 20 Championship - http://www.worldrugby.org/u20/

Watch the World Rugby Under 20 Championship on SKY Sport (NZT)
Sunday 4 June 11.30pm NZT v Italy on SKY Sport 1
Thursday 8 June 11.30pm NZT v Ireland SKY Sport 1