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Junior All Blacks name team to play Samoa

allblacks.com     07 Jun 2006    

Josh Blackie, Cameron McIntyre, Jamie Nutbrown, Saimone Taumoepeau and Anthony Tuitavake, who all started against Fiji, are on the bench for the match against Samoa, at North Harbour Stadium.

John Schwalger comes in for Taumoepeau at loosehead prop while Johnny Leo’o takes over at openside flanker from Blackie.

A new inside back pairing of Kevin Senio and Jimmy Gopperth has also been named while Sosene Anesi moves from fullback to left wing to make way for Ben Atiga. Caleb Ralph switches from left wing to centre with Tamati Ellison at second five-eighths. Viliame Waqaseduadua replaces Anthony Tuitavake on the right wing.

North Harbour lock Anthony Boric has been named in the reserves and could make his Junior All Blacks debut.

Junior All Blacks co-coach Colin Cooper said Samoa was a strong and physical side with pace throughout the backline.

“We realise the potential of Samoa and we’ve seen some of their players in action in the Rebel Sport Super 14. They are a proud rugby nation and we expect a good encounter,” Cooper said.

Junior All Blacks team to play Samoa: 1. John Schwalger, 2. Corey Flynn (captain), 3. John Afoa, 4. Tom Donnelly, 5. Bernie Upton, 6. Steven Bates,
7. Johnny Leo’o, 8. Nick Williams, 9. Kevin Senio, 10. Jimmy Gopperth, 11. Sosene Anesi, 12. Tamati Ellison, 13. Caleb Ralph, 14. Viliame Waqaseduadua, 15. Ben Atiga.
Reserves: 16. Saimone Taumoepeau, 17. Campbell Johnstone, 18. Anthony Boric, 19. Josh Blackie, 20. Jamie Nutbrown, 21. Cameron McIntyre, 22. Anthony Tuitavake

Friday’s match will be televised live on Sky Sport from 7.55pm with kick off at 8pm.