New Zealand Under 20 named for Wales clash

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The team is;

1. Ollie Norris
2. Kianu Kereru Symes (C)
3. Tamaiti Williams
4. Taine Plumtree
5. Tupou Vaa’i
6. Kaylum Boshier
7. Kohan Herbert
8. Devan Flanders
9. Taufa Funaki
10. Fergus Burke
11. Leicester Faingaanuku
12. Dallas McLeod
13. Quinn Tupaea
14. Lalomilo Lalomilo
15. Scott Gregory 

16. Shilo Klein
17. George Dyer
18. Fletcher Newell
19. Kaliopasi Uluilakepa
20. Cullen Grace
21. Samipeni Finau
22. Jeriah Mua
23. Simon Parker
24. Leroy Carter
25. Rivez Reihana
26. Billy Proctor
27. Etene Nanai-Seturo
28. Cole Forbes

Coach Craig Philpott has rung in the changes for the match against Wales as the team focus on winning their remaining matches after a disappointing 17 - 25 loss to South Africa pushed them out of Cup semifinals contention.


Philpott said the team took stock after the traditional rivals relegated New Zealand to hope for fifth in the world, at best.

“We took a day out from rugby after the match and had a good clear day which we haven't been able to do before. We had some fun together and recharged the batteries and we've just finished a really good training today.

"We've got some guys, particularly in the case of someone like Lalomilo Lalomilo who put his hand up when he came on the other day and he gets an opportunity to start in this match. And then a young guy like Tamaiti Williams who gets his first start at tighthead so we expect him to bring plenty of energy and excitement," he said

"Wales like to kick the ball a lot so we can expect to get a fair bit of ball put on top of our back three. They've got a very strong lineout drive and they've scored a number of tries in their games through that part of their play so we've rehearsed around that stuff.

“They're a team who will try and get off the line and have a crack at us so we want to make sure we're using the ball wisely.”
Philpott said the side had embraced all the learning opportunities that had been open to them this season.

"We've got some guys who are young and can come back next year who will benefit from this experience, likewise we've got some guys who will be ready to step into Mitre 10 and hopefully Super Rugby in the next year or two based on the learnings they've had out of this campaign, so that's been really pleasing.

Philpott said the recent trend of continued improvement by all sides had been seen again in Argentina with no scoreboard blowouts this year. Reflecting on how close they were he said:

"You've got a group playing off for fifth place that has England, Ireland, New Zealand and Wales. That could easily be a top four.

"Then when you look at the group that are playing off for ninth to 12th it is such a tough place to be with Scotland and Georgia, who've really improved, Italy who are there or thereabouts and who are hosting the tournament next year so they're safe, so it's really tough. There's no easy games, that's for sure.”

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 52 v Scotland 33
Sunday 9 June, 6.30am

New Zealand 17 v South Africa 25
Thursday 13 June, 6.30am

New Zealand v Wales
Tuesday 18 June, 1.30am