NZ Under 20 named for World Championship semifinal

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England take on South Africa in the other semifinal.

New Zealand Under 20:
1. Ezekiel Lindenmuth (Auckland) 2. Asafo Aumua (Wellington) 3. Pouri Rakete-Stones (Hawke's Bay) 4. Isaia Walker-Leawere (Wellington) 5. Sam Slade (Auckland) 6. Luke Jacobson (C) (Waikato) 7. Dalton Papalii (Auckland) 8. Marino Mikaele-Tuu (Hawke's Bay)  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)

Reserves: 16. JP Sauni (Auckland) 17. Harrison Allan (Canterbury) 18. Alex Fidow (Wellington) 19. Sam Caird (Waikato) 20. Tom Christie (Canterbury) 21. Kemara Hauiti-Parapara (Wellington) 22. Tamati Tua (Northland) 23. Josh McKay (Canterbury)

New Zealand Under 20 Head Coach Craig Philpott said they have selected their strongest team to take on France.

“From what we have seen of France they are big and powerful, plus they have a very good 9 and 10 combination which we will have to shut down.

“It’s our first game in Tbilisi and we hope to replicate the exciting brand of footy we played in Kutaisi during the pool stages, in the playoff matches.

“We look forward to seeing Dalton Papalii return from injury to take his place on the side of the scrum. He played well in the first match and we expect him to do so again in this match.”

New Zealand Under 20 semifinal
4.30am Wednesday 14 June NZT v France

Watch the Under 20 semi-final live on Sky Sport (NZT)
Wednesday 14 June coverage from 4:20am on Sky Sport 1