New Zealand Under 20 Head Coach Chris Boyd has named his team to play Fiji in their opening game of the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship in France tomorrow morning (Thursday 5 June NZ time).
New Zealand launches their campaign for a fifth Championship title after being defeated in the final in 2012 by South Africa.
The team has been drawn in pool B for the four week tournament, and will play Australia and Ireland in their two other pool matches in Vannes, France.
The team will be captained by loose forward Ardie Savea.
The New Zealand Under 20 team selected to play Fiji is:
1. Alexander Hodgman (Canterbury)
2. Nick Grogan (Manawatu)
3. Sione Mafileo (North Harbour)
4. Scott Scarfton (Auckland)
5. Patrick Tuipulotu (Auckland)
6. Jordan Manihera (North Harbour)
7. Ardie Savea - captain (Wellington)
8. Adam Burn (Waikato)
9. Tayler Adams (Southland)
10. Jade Te Rure (Manawatu)
11. Fa’asiu Fuatai (Otago)
12. Micheal Collins (Otago)
13. Jason Emery (Manawatu)
14. Leroy van Dam (Auckland)
15. Lolagi Visinia (Auckland)
16. Kalafi Pongi (Counties Manukau)
17. Donald Brighouse (Wellington)
18. Chris Vui (Auckland)
19. Hadleigh May (Otago)
20. Sheridan Rangihuna (Hawke's Bay)
21. Tei Walden (Otago)
22. Penikolo Latu (Hawke's Bay)
23. Boyd Wiggins (North Harbour)
Boyd said the team had settled well into their tournament base and were looking forward to getting the tournament under way.
"We know we have a relatively fresh team, but the boys are excited about getting out for their first hit-out of this tournament. Our team focus has been on getting the boys into a good training routine and ready to take on their first challenge against Fiji.
"We know that any time we play against our Pacific neighbours, they play with great passion and energy, so we need to be solid and clinical about following our own game plan," he said.
New Zealand plays Fiji at Stade de la Rabine, Vannes, France early Thursday morning. Kick-off is at 6.45am (NZ Time). All of New Zealand’s matches will be broadcast live on Maori Television with coverage of Thursday’s game starting from 6.45am.
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