New Zealand Rugby Under 20 squad named   28 Apr 2011

 


The New Zealand Under 20 squad for the June IRB Junior World Championship in Italy has been named.

The New Zealand Under 20 squad is:

Forwards

Carl Axtens* Bay of Plenty

Dominic Bird Canterbury

Heiden Bedwell-Curtis Taranaki

Sam Cane*# Bay of Plenty

Michael Kainga Wellington

Steven Luatua* Auckland

Greg Pleasants-Tate North Harbour

Brodie Rettalick Hawke’s Bay

Solomona Sakalia* Wellington

Sefo Setefano Waikato

Brad Shields Wellington

Ben Tameifuna* Hawke’s Bay

Codie Taylor* Canterbury

Luke Whitelock^ Canterbury

Backs

Gareth Anscombe* Auckland

Beauden Barrett Taranaki

Nathan George Waikato

Rhys Llewellyn Canterbury

Waisake Naholo Taranaki

TJ Perenara*# Wellington

Charles Piutau* Auckland

Glen Robertson^ Waikato

Francis Saili* Auckland

Mitchell Scott Tasman

Lima Sopoaga* Wellington

Brad Weber Otago

Note: * denotes member of 2009 New Zealand Schools team

# denotes member of the 2009 New Zealand Under 17 programme

^ denotes member of the 2010 New Zealand Under 20 team

The 26-man squad includes three current Investec Super Rugby players – Highlanders squad member five-eighth Lima Sopoaga, and Chiefs loose forward Sam Cane and Hurricanes fullback Beauden Barrett who have both recently been called into their respective squads from their wider training groups. Barrett has also donned the black jersey for the 2009/2010 New Zealand Sevens team.

Crusaders wider training group member loose forward Luke Whitelock – the younger brother of current Crusaders trio Adam, Sam and George – and Waikato centre Glen Robertson are the only returning members of the 2010 squad. Whitelock has also represented New Zealand at Under 17 and New Zealand Schools levels.

Other players in the squad with top-flight rugby experience include the following 2010 ITM Cup players: Hawke’s Bay prop Ben Tameifuna, Wellington loose forward Brad Shields and halfback TJ Perenara, Auckland winger Charles Piutau, first-five eighth Gareth Anscombe and their provincial union teammate lock Steven Luatua.

New Zealand Under 20 Coach Mark Anscombe said: “Once again, the selection process was thorough. We are really fortunate to have good depth in New Zealand rugby in all areas. One of the biggest challenges for us was to get the balance right throughout the team as the format of the competition is such that we play five games in 17 days. It is also vital that we have versatile players that allow us to spread the workload throughout the team.

“As in previous years, we had an initial group of 47 players vying for 26 spots. A feature of the team is that we have three players with experience in Super Rugby environments and a number of players who have played in the ITM Cup. There is no doubt that the team will benefit from their experience.

“While we acknowledge our previous success at this tournament, this is a new team with only two members of the 2010 year returning. The challenge for us is to continue to perform on the international stage and showcase New Zealand’s growing talent.

“With any new group there are always challenges facing the team but we are very excited about the tournament,” Anscombe said.

Some of New Zealand’s top resource coaches have been involved with the wider squad at three camps held over the past five months.

They include specialist scrum coaches Mike Cron and former Highlander and Blues prop Nick White, former All Blacks winger Jeff Wilson, Wellington Lions coach Andre Bell, former Canterbury assistant coach John Haggart, former Crusaders hooker Matt Sexton, former New Zealand age grade coach Russell Hilton-Jones, current Counties Manukau coach Milton Haig, current Waikato coach Chris Gibbes, 2008/2009 New Zealand Under 20 skills coach Andrew Strawbridge and former All Black Scott Robertson.

New Zealand has won the last three IRB Junior World Championships in Wales, Japan and Argentina respectively.

The squad will remain in camp at the Sport and Rugby Institute in Palmerston North until Sunday 1 May and will re-assemble at the Millennium Institute in North Harbour from 31 May – 4 June.

Key dates:

· Pre-departure camp: Tuesday 31 May – Saturday 4 June, North Harbour

· Squad departs: Auckland for Italy on Saturday 4 June

· IRB World Junior Championship: Friday 10 June – Sunday 26 June, Italy

New Zealand pool games at IRB Junior World Championship (all times and dates are local):

v Italy 10 June, 8.10pm

v Wales 14 June, 6.10pm

v Argentina 18 June, 6.10pm

Tournament Finals

Semifinals 22 June

Final 26 June

Note to media: Coach Mark Anscombe will be available for interview in Palmerston North or via phone from 5pm today. Please contact Kate Hutchison to arrange a time.

Add a comment

Bookmark and Share

News

New Zealand increases climate finance commitment to Pacific

25 Sep 2018 Environment By RT HON JACINDA ARDERN
25 SEPTEMBER 2018 New Zealand increases climate finance commitment to Pacific New Zealand will increase its global climate finance... more

New powers to combat drug smuggling at sea

26 Sep 2018 News By Hon Kris Faafoi
26 SEPTEMBER 2018 Minister of Customs Hon Kris Faafoi has welcomed the passing of the Maritime Powers Extension Bill which will help... more

Business

Multinationals to pay fair share of tax

26 Jun 2018 Business News
26 JUNE 2018 HON STUART NASH New measures to ensure multinational companies pay their fair share of tax will come into force next... more

NZ Government launches Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures

22 Aug 2018 Business News By Hon Damien O'Connor
21 AUGUST 2018 Growing New Zealand's food and fibre sectors sustainably and supporting a thriving economy are the hallmarks of a new... more

Living

Choral strains remember the 1918 influenza pandemic

21 Oct 2018 Arts
On Remembrance Sunday (Nov 11th 2018), a series of choral concerts will begin at the National Army Museum, to mark the... more

REVIEW: Modern Maori Quartet's "Two Worlds" at Edinburgh Festival

20 Aug 2018 Arts By Justine Redfearn
The Modern Maori Quartet are back at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with their new show “Two Worlds” - harmonising... more

Property

More certainty in construction sector smooths boom and bust cycle

22 Aug 2018 Property
30 JULY 2018More certainty in construction sector smooths boom and bust cycle HON JENNY SALESA The 2018 National Construction Pipeline... more

NZ Property: Foreign buyers ban passes third reading

15 Aug 2018 Property
15 AUGUST 2018 HON DAVID PARKER The Bill to put in place the Government's policy of banning overseas buyers of existing homes has... more

Migration

Christchurch reinstated as refugee settlement location

18 Aug 2018 Migration
18 AUGUST 2018 HON IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY The announcement that Christchurch can once again be a settlement location for refugees... more

Post-study work rights emphasise skills NZ needs

8 Aug 2018 Migration
8 AUGUST 2018 HON IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY Changes to post-study work rights will help ensure international students coming to New Zealand... more

Travel

Arrival card change to smooth border process for international travellers to NZ

26 Sep 2018 Travel & Tourism By Hon Kris Faafoi
25 SEPTEMBER 2018 International travellers arriving into New Zealand should have a simpler, faster entry as a result of changes to... more

NZ Government to fully fund Auckand's SkyPath as part of $390m investment in walking and cycling

25 Aug 2018 Travel & Tourism
23 AUGUST 2018 HON PHIL TWYFORD HON JAMES SHAW Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Acting Associate Transport Minister James Shaw have... more

Sport

America’s Cup court ruling vindicates process

26 Sep 2018 Sailing By Hon David Parker
25 SEPTEMBER 2018 The Environment Court has today granted the resource consent for the 36th America's Cup bases in Auckland and the... more

Humble Stephen Kearney praises Warriors staff ahead of finals appearance: 'It's not down to one person'

3 Sep 2018 Rugby League
Warriors coach Stephen Kearney paid tribute to the club's unsung heroes ahead of their first taste of NRL finals football since... more

Columns

Gordon Campbell on the Gareth Morgan crusade

11 Nov 2016 Opinion
Gordon Campbell on the Gareth Morgan crusade First published on Werewolf The ghastly likes of Marine Le Pen in France and Geert ... more

Gordon Campbell on the US election outcome

10 Nov 2016 Opinion
Column - Gordon Campbell   Gordon Campbell on the US election outcome Well um.. on the bright side, there (probably)... more

Kiwi Success

Congratulations to Loder Cup winner

26 Sep 2018 People By Hon Eugenie Sage
25 SEPTEMBER 2018 The Loder Cup, one of New Zealand’s oldest conservation awards, has been awarded to Robert McGowan for 2018... more

Appointments to New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO

16 Aug 2018 Appointments
16 AUGUST 2018Appointments to New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO HON JENNY SALESA Associate Education Minister Jenny Salesa is... more

Recruitment

Historic pay equity settlement for education support workers

14 Aug 2018 Recruitment By RT HON JACINDA ARDERN
14 AUGUST 2018Historic pay equity settlement for education support workers RT HON JACINDA ARDERN HON CHRIS HIPKINS Prime Minister The... more

Historic pay equity settlement for education support workers

22 Aug 2018 Recruitment By RT HON JACINDA ARDERN
14 AUGUST 2018Historic pay equity settlement for education support workers RT HON JACINDA ARDERN HON CHRIS HIPKINS Prime Minister The... more