Junior All Blacks team named to play Japan     23 Jun 2006    

Props John Schwalger and John Afoa come into the front row with Anthony Boric starting at lock.

Jamie Nutbrown and Stephen Donald are the new inside back pairing alongside a new midfield combination of Cameron McIntyre and Niva Ta’auso. Anthony Tuitavake moves from centre to right wing and Ben Atiga returns to fullback.

Lock Tom Donnelly has been bracketed with Bernie Upton. Donnelly is suffering from an infection and his availability will be confirmed on Saturday.

Junior All Blacks co-coach Colin Cooper said, although the team had won the inaugural competition with a match to go, the team would not lose its focus against Japan.

“I am not sure how many people know this, but the former New Zealand Juniors side lost to Japan in 1968. Saturday’s match is a true international and we will approach it as such,” Cooper said.

Junior All Blacks team to play Japan: 1. John Schwalger, 2. Corey Flynn (captain), 3. John Afoa, 4. Anthony Boric, 5. Bernie Upton / Tom Donnelly, 6. Steven Bates, 7. Josh Blackie, 8. Nick Williams, 9. Jamie Nutbrown, 10. Stephen Donald, 11. Caleb Ralph, 12. Cameron McIntyre, 13. Niva Ta’auso, 14. Anthony Tuitavake, 15. Ben Atiga

Reserves: 16. Saimone Taumoepeau, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Hoani MacDonald, 19. Johnny Leo’o, 20. Kevin Senio, 21. Tamati Ellison, 22. Sosene Anesi