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New Zealand U20 squad named for 2013 IRB JWC in France

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New Zealand U20 squad named for 2013 IRB JWC in France

JWC 2013The New Zealand Under 20 squad to travel to France in June for the IRB Junior World Championship in France has been named.

Head Coach Chris Boyd, and his Assistant Coaches Chris Gibbes and Liam Barry have today selected their squad of 28 following a selection camp and trial in Palmerston North this week.

The squad includes Highlanders centre Jason Emery and Hurricanes loose forward Ardie Savea, Chiefs wider training group fullback Joe Webber and Blues wider training group players, loose forward Joe Edwards and outside back Lolagi Visinia.

Fitness and Technique

"The squad we have selected has been a good balance of hard workers and natural talent..." -- Head Coach Chris Boyd

The squad includes a total 12 players who played ITM Cup last year.

Boyd said the competition for spots in this year’s squad had been fierce with many of 48 contenders demonstrating they had worked hard on their fitness and technique over the summer.

“I think the squad we have selected has been a good balance of hard workers and natural talent. This is the culmination of a seven-month programme to identify our potential squad, and to develop those players,” Boyd said.

The New Zealand 2013 IRB JWC U20 squad is:

FORWARDS

Front rowers:

  • Donald Brighouse / Wellington
  • Epalahame Faiva / Waikato
  • Nick Grogan / Manawatu
  • Alexander Hodgman / Canterbury
  • Sione Mafileo / North Harbour
  • Kalafi Pongi / Counties Manukau
  • Boyd Wiggins / North Harbour

Locks:

  • Scott Barrett / Canterbury
  • Jackson Hemopo / Otago
  • Patrick Tuipulotu / Auckland
  • Christopher Vui / Auckland

Loose Forwards:

  • Adam Burn / Waikato
  • Joseph Edwards / Auckland
  • Jordan Manihera / North Harbour
  • Hadleigh May / Otago
  • Ardie Savea / Wellington

BACKS

Halfbacks:

  • Tayler Adams / Southland
  • Sheridan Rangihuna / Hawke's Bay

First five-eighths:

  • Simon Hickey / Auckland
  • Jade Te Rure / Manawatu

Midfield backs:

  • Michael Collins / Otago
  • Jason Emery / Manawatu
  • Fa'asiu Fuatai / Otago
  • Teihorangi Walden / Otago

Outside backs:

  • Penikolo Latu / Hawke's Bay
  • Leroy Van Dam / Auckland
  • Lolagi Visinia / Auckland
  • Joseph Webber / Waikato

The New Zealand Under 20 squad is assembled in Palmerston North today for continued training until Sunday 28 April. They will reassemble prior to departure to France, in Auckland on Monday 27 May.

Important Dates

  • Monday 27 May: Team assembles
  • Wednesday 29 May: NZ U20 v Blues Development, Western Springs, kick-off 6:30pm
  • Departure: Thursday 30 May, 5.30pm, Auckland International Airport, Flight EK435

About New Zealand Under 20 Team

New Zealand Under 20 is an age-grade side that provides development opportunities and acts as a testing ground for New Zealand's young, talented players.

The New Zealand Under 20 team replaced the Under 21 and Under 19 teams in 2008, following the IRB's move to a single-tier international age-grade structure. The team continued the dominance of World Championship titles by both those teams, winning four successive titles from 2008 to 2011, and finishing runners up to hosts South Africa in 2012.

-- COURTESY ALLBLACKS.COM

IRB JWC 2013 Schedule and Kick-off Times

Pools

Pool A (La Roche sur Yon) Pool B (Vannes) Pool C (Nantes)
1. South Africa 2. New Zealand 3. Wales
6. France 5. Ireland 4. Argentina
7. England 8. Australia 9. Scotland
12. USA 11. Fiji 10. Samoa

Match Schedule

MATCH DAY 1: WEDNESDAY JUNE 5, 2013

No. Kick-off Pool Match Venue
1 8:45pm A South Africa v USA LRY
2 8:45pm B New Zealand v Fiji Vannes
3 6:00pm C Wales v Samoa Nantes
4 6:45pm A France v England LRY
5 6:45pm B Ireland v Australia Vannes
6 8:00pm C Argentina v Scotland Nantes

MATCH DAY 2: SUNDAY JUNE 9, 2013

No. Kick-off Pool Match Venue
7 4:45pm A South Africa v England LRY
8 6:45pm B Ireland v Fiji Vannes
9 3:00pm C Argentina v Samoa Nantes
10 6:45pm A France v USA LRY
11 8:45pm B New Zealand v Australia Vannes
12 5:00pm C Wales v Scotland Nantes

MATCH DAY 3: THURSDAY JUNE 13, 2013

No. Kick-off Pool Match Venue
13 6:45pm A England v USA LRY
14 8:45pm B Australia v Fiji Vannes
15 4:45pm C Wales v Argentina LRY
16 8:45pm A France v South Africa LRY
17 6:45pm B New Zealand v Ireland Vannes
18 7:00pm C Scotland v Samoa Nantes

At the end of the pool phase the teams will be seeded based on the position in which they finished in their respective pools.

1st Seed Pool winner with most competition points
2nd Seed Pool winner with 2nd most competition points
3rd Seed Pool winner with 3rd most competition points
4th Seed Pool second place with most competition points
5th Seed Pool second place with 2nd most competition points
6th Seed Pool second place with 3rd most competition points
7th Seed Pool third place with most competition points
8th Seed Pool third place with 2nd most competition points
9th Seed Pool third place with 3rd most competition points
10th Seed Pool fourth place with most competition points
11th Seed Pool fourth place with 2nd most competition points
12th Seed Pool fourth place with 3rd most competition points

Based on the seedings the allocation of 4th round matches will be as follows:

MATCH DAY 4: TUESDAY JUNE 18, 2013

No. Kick-off Match Venue
For Rankings 9 – 12
19 6:00pm 10th Seed v 11th Seed Nantes
20 8:15pm 9th Seed v 12th Seed Nantes
For Rankings 5 - 8
21 6:00pm 6th Seed v 7th Seed LRY
22 8:15pm 5th Seed v 8th Seed LRY
Semi Finals
23 6:15pm or 8:45pm 2nd Seed v 3rd Seed Vannes
24 6:15pm or 8:45pm 1st Seed v 4th Seed Vannes

Note: France will play at KO time 2 regardless of their ranking during the pool phase

MATCH DAY 5: SUNDAY JUNE 23, 2013 (FINALS)

No. Kick-off Match Venue
25 3:00pm Winner Match 19 v Winner Match 20 Nantes
26 5:15pm Loser Match 19 v Loser Match 20 Nantes
27 3:00pm Loser Match 21 v Loser Match 22 LRY
28 5:15pm Winner Match 21 v Winner Match 22 LRY
29 3:15pm Loser Match 23 v Loser Match 24 Vannes
30 6:45pm Winner Match 23 v Winner Match 24 Vannes

Building on the back of 2012's record tournament in South Africa, Tournament Director Philippe Bourdarias believes that the IRB Junior World Championship 2013 is set to be another exciting event.

Savea and Emery in Baby Blacks squad

Super Rugby players Jason Emery and Ardie Savea have both been included in the New Zealand Under 20 squad for the IRB Junior World Championship 2013 in France as the Baby Blacks look to regain their crown.

Emery, the only player in the squad who played at JWC 2012 when New Zealand saw their unbeaten run ended at 21 matches by Wales and a second loss to South Africa in the final, has impressed for the struggling Highlanders in his debut Super Rugby season.

Savea, the younger brother of IRB Junior Player of the Year 2010 and All Black wing Julian, has already impressed for New Zealand on the HSBC Sevens World Series and has earned praise for his performances for the Hurricanes over recent weeks.

Three other players are members of Super Rugby wider training squads in Joe Webber (Chiefs) and Joe Edwards and Lolagi Visinia (Blues) with the former also having played for New Zealand on the Sevens stage.

Twelve of the squad played in the ITM Cup last year and head coach Chris Boyd admitted competition for places had been difficult with many of the 48 contenders demonstrating they had worked hard on their fitness and technique over the summer.

“I think the squad we have selected has been a good balance of hard workers and natural talent. This is the culmination of a seven-month programme to identify our potential squad, and to develop those players,” Boyd said.

The squad is currently assembled in Palmerston North and will remain together for training until Sunday. They will come together again on 27 May in Auckland and face the Blues Development side two days later before they leave for France.

New Zealand will face Fiji, Australia and Ireland in Pool B at JWC 2013 with only the winner guaranteed a place in the semi-finals of the premier age grade competition which the Baby Blacks won from 2008 to 2011.

New Zealand Under 20 squad:

Forwards: Donald Brighouse (Wellington), Epalahame Faiva (Waikato), Nick Grogan (Manawatu), Alexander Hodgman (Canterbury), Sione Mafileo (North Harbour), Kalafi Pongi (Counties Manukau), Boyd Wiggins (North Harbour), Scott Barrett (Canterbury), Jackson Hemopo (Otago), Patrick Tuipulotu (Auckland), Christopher Vui (Auckland), Adam Burn (Waikato), Joseph Edwards (Auckland), Jordan Manihera (North Harbour), Hadleigh May (Otago), Ardie Savea (Wellington).

Backs: Tayler Adams (Southland), Sheridan Rangihuna (Hawke’s Bay), Simon Hickey (Auckland), Jade Te Rure (Manawatu), Michael Collins (Otago), Jason Emery (Manawatu), Fa’asiu Fuatai (Otago), Teihorangi Walden (Otago), Penikolo Latu (Hawke’s Bay), Leroy Van Dam (Auckland), Lolagi Visinia (Auckland), Joseph Webber (Waikato).

-- COURTESY IRB.COM

In the News and On the Web

KALAFI PONGI PICKED FOR U20S TEAM

Manukau Courier - 29 April 2012

Kalafi Pongi is the latest Counties Manukau rugby player to be selected for the New Zealand under-20s.

The Ardmore Marist hooker was named in the New Zealand team for Junior World Championship last week and joins Ronald Raymaakers and Jimmy Tupou as the latest Counties Manukau players to make the grade.

Pongi lives in Mangere and was lured to Admore Marist from Sacred Heart College, Glendowie where he played for the school's 1st XV.

He captained the Counties Manukau under-20s last year and was named the team's player of the year.

They were great strides for a player who didn't make the Auckland Secondary School team but did play from an Auckland East selection in 2011 in his final year at school.

Ardmore Marist coach Julian Stone rates the 117kg front rower: "Kalafi is a strong aggressive hooker who is accurate at the set piece and abrasive on defence," Stone says.

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FIVE OTAGO PLAYERS NAMED IN NZ U20

Otago Daily Times - 25 April 2012

Otago rugby administrators are buzzing after five players - the most from the province in 13 years - were named in the New Zealand under-20 team.

The colts squad named yesterday included midfield backs Michael Collins (Taieri), Fa'asiu Fuatai (University A) and Teihorangi Walden (Southern), lock Jackson Hemopo (Green Island) and loose forward Hadleigh May (Harbour).

Highlanders back Jason Emery, from Manawatu, has also made the 28-strong squad.

They will head to France in June, when New Zealand will try to reclaim the world under-20 title it lost in South Africa last year.

Otago's brush with liquidation last year cast a cloud over the province but the selection of five players in a national side suggests good things are happening at lower levels.

Otago had just one player in the 2012 (Hugh Blake) and 2011 (Brad Weber) colts teams. There were three in 2010 (Liam Coltman, Tom Franklin and Hayden Parker), none in 2009, one in 2008 (Josh Townsend), two in 2007 (George Whitelock and Ben Smith), none in 2006 and one in 2005 (Craig Clare).

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TARANAKI TALENT IN NEW ZEALAND U-20 SIDE

Taranaki Daily News - 25 April 2012

Former Francis Douglas Memorial College First XV players Scott Barrett and Teihorangi Walden have been included in the New Zealand under-20 squad for the IRB Junior World Championships.

New Zealand coach Chris Boyd yesterday named a 28-man squad for the event in France in June.

Barrett, a lock, is the younger brother of All Blacks first five-eighth Beauden and Blues flanker Kane. Walden, a midfield player, is the son of former Coastal and Taranaki under-20 coach Kevin.

Barrett is attending Canterbury University, while Walden is at Otago University.

Super Rugby players Jason Emery (Highlanders) and Ardie Savea (Hurricanes) were also included.

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SIX AUCKLAND PLAYERS NAMED IN 2013 NZ U20 TEAM

TheBlues.co.nz - 24 April 2012

Six Auckland players have been named in the 2013 New Zealand Under 20 team to to travel to France in June for the IRB Junior World Championship.

Patrick Tuipulotu, Chris Vui, Joeseph Edwards, Simon Hickey, Leroy Van Dam and Lolagi Visinia have been selected in the 28-strong squad.

Auckland Rugby Union Player Development Manager Ant Strachan said the union is delighted with the news.

“This number is consistent with the last two years which reflects the extensive amount of time and resource being applied to both our secondary school programmes and the High Performance Academy programme.

“Both staff and players should be commended on the amount of work that has gone into this final trial recognition, alongside the ARU Board and CEO for continuing to support our player development initiatives,” said Strachan.

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SAVEA AND EMERY HEADLINE NZ U20 SQUAD

Stuff.co.nz - 24 April 2012

Highlanders centre Jason Emery and Hurricanes loose forward Ardie Save headline the New Zealand under-20 rugby squad for the junior world championship in France in June.

Chiefs wider training group fullback Joe Webber and two Blues wider training group players, loose forward Joe Edwards and outside back Lolagi Visinia, have also made the 28-man squad.

The squad includes 12 players who played ITM Cup matches last year.

Head coach Chris Boyd said the competition for squad positions had been fierce, with many of the 48 contenders showing they had worked hard on their fitness and technique over the summer.

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