New Zealand Under 20 team named to play Ireland in IRB Junior World Championship
New Zealand Under 20 Head Coach Chris Boyd has named his team to play Ireland in their third and final pool game of the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship in France tomorrow morning (Friday 14 June NZ time).
Boyd has made six changes from the starting XV that beat Australia 14-10 in their second pool match played on Monday morning.
In the forwards Boyd Wiggins will get his first start of the tournament at tight-head prop with Sione Mafileo moving to the reserves. There is one further change in the tight five with Christopher Vui starting at lock. Joseph Edwards played on the blindside flank against Australia, and he will move to number eight, making way for Jordan Manihera who will start in the six jersey.
There are three further changes in the backs; Tayler Adams will start at halfback. Two-try hero from the opening match, Michael Collins, comes back into the run-on XV at centre and the final change in the backline is Lolagi Visinia who lines up in the right wing.
Both teams have won their opening two games of the tournament and currently sit on 9 points each.
Ardie Savea, who has played in the opening two pool games for New Zealand, will again lead the team.
The New Zealand Under 20 team selected to play Ireland is:
1. Donald Brighouse (Wellington)
2. Epalahame Faiva (Waikato)
3. Boyd Wiggins (North Harbour)
4. Patrick Tuipulotu (Auckland)
5. Christopher Vui (Auckland)
6. Jordan Manihera (North Harbour)
7. Ardie Savea – captain (Wellington)
8. Joseph Edwards (Auckland)
9. Tayler Adams (Southland)
10. Simon Hickey (Auckland)
11. Fa’asiu Fuatai (Otago)
12. Michael Collins (Otago)
13. Jason Emery (Manawatu)
14. Lolagi Visinia (Auckland)
15. Joseph Webber (Waikato)
16. Kalafi Pongi (Counties Manukau)
17. Nick Grogan (Manawatu)
18. Scott Scrafton (Auckland)
19. Hadleigh May (Otago)
20. Teihorangi Walden (Otago)
21. Sheridan Rangihuna (Hawke’s Bay)
22. Jade Te Rure (Manawatu)
23. Sione Mafileo (North Harbour)
Note – Loose-head prop, Daniel Lienert-Brown from Canterbury, is travelling to France as injury replacement for Alexander Hodgman (Canterbury).
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