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New Zealand Under 20 side to face Scotland

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allblacks.com     08 Jun 2019     Getty Images

The team is:

1.George Dyer
2.Shilo Klein
3.Kaliopase Uluilakepa
4.Taine Plumtree
5.Tupou Vaa'i
6.Kaylum Boshier (captain)
7.Jeriah Mua
8.Simon Parker
9.Taufa Funaki
10.Ferg Burke
11.Etene Nanai Seturo
12.Quinn Tupaea
13.Billy Proctor
14.Lalomili Lalomilo
15.Scott Gregory.

RESERVES (Extended bench part of World Rugby trials)
16.Kianu Kereru Symes
17.Ollie Norris
18.Tamaiti Williams
19.Fletcher Newell
20.Cullen Grace
21.Samipeni Finau
22.Kohan Herbert
23.Devan Flanders
24.Leroy Carter
25.Rivez Reihana
26.Dallas McLeod
27. Cole Forbes
28.Leicester Faingaanuku.


Head Coach Craig Philpott said he was happy with the side's opening game against Georgia.

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"We knew it was going to be a real battle up front, particularly for our forwards and a test for our ability to scrum against one of the better scrums in the competition and go against a pretty strong lineout maul.

"We feel pretty confident we got some good learnings out of that ready to take into Scotland," he said.

Team captain Kianu Kereru Symes is on the bench for the game with captaincy in the hands of flanker Kaylum Boshier, a former New Zealand junior cricket captain.

"Kaylum is one of our vice-captains and with Kianu on the bench for this game it is a great opportunity for Bosh to step up. He's a very calm leader, he thinks before he speaks and he doesn't say a lot and people like that you tend to listen to a bit more so he's certainly got the ear of his team," he said.

Scott Gregory, the New Zealand Sevens representative, had rejoined the team and will play at fullback.

"He's very excited, it's in his nature," Philpott said.

"His personality is a pretty bubbly one and he's really keen to get out there and it will be great to see him play at fullback. He appeared on the wing for us in the Oceania Championship so it is a great opportunity for him to add some value for us at fullback.
The adjustment required of him should not be too hard as he had been with the side on the Gold Coast before heading away for the Sevens tournaments in for a week and he had settled back and it hadn't proved too much of a transition.

With Gregory and Chiefs wing Etene Nanai-Seturo in the rearguard, there was genuine x-factor and Philpott said Nanai-Seturo was looking forward to playing on a fast surface.

Philpott said the Scots had shown a strong lineout drive against South Africa in their opening game.

"We'll be continuing to perfect our technique in defending those.

"They [also] like to use the ball, they like to play so it should be an exciting game on turf. It will be fast. We've come from a game on grass, and they've already had a game on turf so they will be used to that and we'll need to adjust," he said.

Philpott said the all-weather surface ensured the game would be quicker, the ball bounced differently. The demands on the body were also harder and they would be taking precautions in relation to taping. There had seemed to be more instances of cramping among other teams who played on that surface but it wasn't clear if that was a result of running on the turf.


New Zealand Under 20 schedule (matches will be broadcast live on Spark Sport, times listed in NZT)


New Zealand 54 v Georgia 13
Wednesday 5 June, 4am

New Zealand v Scotland
Sunday 9 June, 6.30am

New Zealand v South Africa
Thursday 13 June, 6.30am