NZ Under 20's named to face Ireland

World Rugby     08 Jun 2017     World Rugby

New Zealand opened their campaign with a 42-20 win over Scotland on Wednesday and on Sunday they defeated Italy 68-26 in their second pool game.

The team is:

1. Ezekiel Lindenmuth (Auckland)
2. Asafo Aumua (Wellington)
3. Alex Fidow (Wellington)
4. Isaia Walker-Leawere (Wellington)
5. Sam Caird (Waikato)
6. Sam Slade (Auckland)
7. Tom Christie (Canterbury)
8. Luke Jacobson (C) (Waikato)
9. Ereatara Enari (VC) (Canterbury)
10. Tiaan Falcon(Hawke's Bay)
11. Caleb Clarke(Auckland)
12. Orbyn Leger (Counties Manukau)
13. Braydon Ennor (Canterbury)
14. Tima Faingaanuku (Tasman)
15. Will Jordan (Tasman)

16. John (JP) Sauni (Auckland)
17. Harrison Allan (Canterbury)
18. Pouri Rakete-Stones (Hawke's Bay)
19. Adrian Choat (Auckland)
20. Marino Mikaele-Tuu (Hawke's Bay)
21. Kemara Hauiti-Parapara(Wellington)
22. Thomas Umaga-Jensen (Wellington)
23. Josh McKay (Canterbury)
New Zealand Under 20's Head Coach Craig Philpott said he and his coaching team have picked a strong side that they believe will feature in the back end of the competition.

"We expect Ireland to play with passion and like they have nothing to lose, hence the team we have named to put on the park.

"We have picked Tima Faingaanuku and Caleb Clarke on the wings. They both have size and strength and we hope we will be able to bend them out wide.

"Our clear goal from this match is to bag five points, so we can get to 15 for the round robin and hopefully qualify as the top seed for the semi finals."