2020 New Zealand U20s



  • Players selected for testing are; (grouped in regional centres where testing will take place)

    Auckland
    Leandro Vakatini - Auckland
    Soane Vikena - Auckland
    Hamdahn Tuipulotu - Auckland
    Sione Ahio - Auckland
    Tiaan Tauakipulu - Auckland
    James Brown - Auckland
    Damien Naufahu - Auckland
    Robert Rush - Auckland
    Terrell Peita - Auckland
    Te Rama Reuben - Auckland
    Oliver Parkinson - Auckland
    Cam Church - Auckland
    Corey Kellow - Auckland
    Niko Jones - Auckland
    John Latu - Auckland
    Taufa Funaki - Auckland
    Zarn Sullivan - Auckland
    Aiden Morgan - Wellington
    Patrick Elia - Auckland
    Corey Evans - Auckland
    Lemeki Namoa - Auckland
    Meihana Grindlay - Auckland
    Heremaia Murray - Auckland
    Jack Gray - Auckland
    Jimmy Roots - North Harbour

    Hamilton
    Benet Kumeroa - Bay of Plenty
    Pou Sorenson - Bay of Plenty
    Chris Hemi - Bay of Plenty
    Manu Paea - Bay of Plenty
    Bailey Gordon - Bay of Plenty
    Cassius Misa - Bay of Plenty
    Tama Te Aute - Bay of Plenty
    Peni Lasaqa - Bay of Plenty
    Vincent Green - Waikato
    Matt Dobbyn - Waikato
    Stanley Paese - Waikato
    Hakaraia Richards Coxhead - Waikato
    Havila Molia - Waikato
    Tom Martin - Waikato
    Simon Parker - Waikato
    Andrew Viane - Waikato
    Viaolini Ekuasi - Waikato
    Cortez Ratima - Waikato
    Rivez Reihana - Waikato
    Tepaea Cook Savage - Waikato
    Gideon Wrampling - Waikato
    Valynce Te Whare Crosby - Waikato
    Ioane Moananu - Counties Manukau
    Cam Roigard - Counties Manukau
    Crusader Faletagoa'i - Taranaki
    Tupou Vaa'i - Taranaki
    Josh Lord - Taranaki
    Christian Fa'avae - Taranaki
    Lukas Halls - Taranaki
    Blair Murray - Taranaki
    Jake Russ - Otago

    Wellington
    Tyrone Thompson - Wellington
    Taine Plumtree - Wellington
    Caleb Delany - Wellington
    Keelan Whitman - Wellington
    Iona Apineru - Wellington
    Josh Southall - Wellington
    Sam Smith - Wellington
    Shaymus Langton Hurley - Wellington
    Kienan Higgins - Wellington
    Ethan Webster Nonu - Wellington
    Roderick Solo - Wellington
    Ruben Love - Wellington
    Patrick Teddy - Hawkes Bay
    Lattrell Smiler-Ah Kiong - Hawkes Bay
    Ben Strang - Manawatu
    TK Howden - Manawatu
    Jason Myers - Manawatu
    Tyler Laubscher - Manawatu
    Stewart Cruden - Manawatu
    Josiah Maruku - Manawatu
    Drew Wild - Manawatu
    James Bolton - Otago
    Harrison Boyle - Otago

    Christchurch
    Finlay Brewis - Canterbury
    Tamaiti Williams - Canterbury
    Thomas Edwards - Canterbury
    Jack Sexton - Canterbury
    Lachie McNair - Canterbury
    Patrick Thacker - Canterbury
    Fletcher Newell - Canterbury
    Ben Lopas - Canterbury
    Daniel Johnson - Canterbury
    Sam Darry - Canterbury
    Mahonri Ngakuru - Canterbury
    Zach Gallagher - Canterbury
    Liam Allen - Canterbury
    Dominic Gardiner - Canterbury
    George Prain - Canterbury
    Luke Donaldson - Canterbury
    Louie Chapman - Canterbury
    Max Hughes - Canterbury
    Ollie Lewis - Canterbury
    Isaiah Punivai - Canterbury
    Chay Fihaki - Canterbury
    Luka Inch - Tasman
    Matt Graham Williams - Tasman
    Taya Brown - Tasman
    Campbell Morgan Parata - Tasman
    George Bell - Otago
    Sean Withy - Otago
    James Arscott - Otago
    Jacob Payne - Southland

    The search for New Zealand’s top, young and emerging, talent will kick off with a refreshed New Zealand Under 20 programme.
    
    More than 100 players will be tested over the next two weeks as the New Zealand Under 20 programme begins a new cycle.
    
    New Zealand Under 20 Head Coach Craig Philpott said changes to the World Rugby Under 20 Championship dates to align with the International Window have allowed a re-think of the age-group programme.
    
    The changes will see more than 100 contenders – almost double the number from previous years – attend regional testing, creating a larger pool of talent to monitor and develop. The first development camp will take place in March, creating a short five-month campaign leading to the World Championships in June/July.
    
    Traditionally 50 players would attend a December camp, with those players then going through the selection process with subsequent camps and trials. 
    
    Philpott said the opportunity to increase the number of players in their system while also condensing the programme was enthusiastically received.
    
    “The opportunity to test and monitor this number of players will have long term benefits. A number of these players aren’t necessarily in the mix for selection next year, but meeting with them now gives us the chance to gauge where they are at and create targeted development plans for them.
    
    “After testing, players can go back to their provinces and focus on any potential Investec Super Rugby commitments with age group or development teams before reassembling for our first camp,” said Philpott.
    
    Players from provincial Under 19 teams, New Zealand Secondary Schools teams along with players nominated by provincial unions will join the testing programme. 
    
    Provincial Union High Performance representatives and New Zealand Under 20 coaching staff will work with each player to create personalised development plans.
    

    https://www.allblacks.com/news/new-zealand-under-20-programme-casts-wide-net



  • The fact that Philpott is still in charge doesn't bode well.



  • @Stargazer A lot of players from the 2018 and 2019 NZ Schools teams, as you would expect. It will come down to the quality of the forward pack (particularly the tight five) they can select.



  • @Bovidae I'm glad that Latrell Smiler-Ah Kiong is among them and hope he makes the 2020 NZU20 squad, but I assume that most of the players from the 2019 NZ Schools teams are the players that have been brought in a year early and may not make the NZU20s in 2020.



  • Disappointed with some players not being on the list. I didn't expect many from Hawke's Bay, but only one from our U19s surprises me. No Liam Udy-Johns, Damarus Hokianga, and Tiaki Fabish (although he still qualifies for U19s in 2020), who were among our best (with Patrick Teddy).

    Also no Leo Thompson.



  • There are plenty of 1st 5s on that list and I would predict that Reihana and Sullivan are the favoured two.

    Some younger players will be physically ready to step up straight away while others probably need another year of development.

    More Poo players than from Hawke's.



  • @Bovidae We didn't have a great U19s team due to most of our best 2018 1st XV players still being at school or having left Hawke's Bay. We had several players from Heartland provinces filling the gaps, esp in the backs, and it showed.

    As to 1st five-eights, I expect Smiler-Ah Kiong to become better than Reihana and Sullivan, but it's probably a year early for him.



  • @Stargazer said in 2020 New Zealand U20s:

    Aiden Morgan - Wellington

    Sucks that we lost him, but good pick-up for Wellington.



  • @Stargazer same as Ollie Lewis. He’s a bloody good prospect. Christchurch boys 1st 5 production line.



  • I did not think that Tupou Vai'i was so young.



  • @cgrant said in 2020 New Zealand U20s:

    I did not think that Tupou Vai'i was so young.

    He turns 20 in Jan next year.



  • Pools and schedule announced for World Rugby U20 Championship 2020

    cddcee33-02c8-4fd1-a89c-321438d3ad1a-image.png

    The teams taking part in the premier age-grade tournament have been divided into three pools of four with the medallists from 2019 the top seeds in France, runners-up Australia and bronze medallists South Africa.
    
    Then, in order to ensure a split of two northern and two southern hemisphere teams in each pool, the remaining teams have been seeded and placed accordingly in a snake format. The team promoted from the World Rugby U20 Trophy is considered a southern hemisphere team.
    
    The pool matches will be played in Verona’s brand new Payanini Center, Viadana’s Stadio Sergio Zaffanella and Peroni Stadium in Calvisano, home of the reigning Italian national champions.
    
    While Verona will host matches for the first time, Viadana, Parma and Calvisano did so when Italy last hosted the U20 Championship in 2015 and all three will stage the play-off rounds.
    




  • I thought 'fuck me, he looks old for an under 20' for a few seconds there! 😂



  • @Machpants said in 2020 New Zealand U20s:

    I thought 'fuck me, he looks old for an under 20' for a few seconds there! 😂

    Still looks younger than any of the Whitelocks when they were under 20.



  • Yeah I think they were born with a full set



  • @Machpants glad I'm not the only one



  • https://www.allblacks.com/news/triallists-named-for-new-zealand-under-20-development-camp/

    Forwards
    Hamdahn Tuipulotu Auckland
    Soane Vikena Auckland
    Terrell Peita Auckland
    Benet Kumeroa Bay of Plenty
    Finlay Brewis Canterbury
    Tamaiti Williams Canterbury
    Fletcher Newell Canterbury
    Thomas Edwards Canterbury
    Lockie McNair Canterbury
    Sam Darry Canterbury
    Mahonri Ngakuru Canterbury
    Zach Gallagher Canterbury
    Ioane Moananu Counties Manukau
    Jimmy Roots North Harbour
    Robert Rush Northland
    Saula Mau* Otago
    Jake Russ Otago
    Tupou Vaa’i Taranaki
    Josh Lord Taranaki
    Anton Segner* Tasman
    Tom Martin Waikato
    Simon Parker Waikato
    Tyrone Thompson Wellington
    Caleb Delany Wellington
    Taine Plumtree Wellington
    Iona Apineru Wellington
    Josh Southall Wellington
    Sam Smith Wellington
    Shamus Hurley-Langton Wellington

    Backs

    Taufa Funaki Auckland
    Zarn Sullivan Auckland
    Corey Evans Auckland
    Lemeki Namoa Auckland
    Meihana Grindlay Auckland
    Heremaia Murray Auckland
    Cassius Misa Bay of Plenty
    Peni Lasaqa Bay of Plenty
    Luke Donaldson Canterbury
    Chay Fihaki Canterbury
    Isaiah Punivai Canterbury
    Cam Roigard Counties Manukau
    Stu Cruden Manawatu
    Josiah Maruku Manawatu
    Drew Wild Manawatu
    James Arscott Otago
    Harrison Boyle Otago
    Lukas Halls Taranaki
    Rivez Reihana Waikato
    Gideon Wrampling Waikato
    Aiden Morgan Wellington
    Roderick Solo Wellington
    Ruben Love Wellington



  • Players attending the set piece or game drivers camps: George Bell (Canterbury), Latrell Smiler Ah Kiong (Hawke’s Bay), Ben Strang (Manawatu), Tevita Langi (North Harbour), Matt Graham Williams (Tasman), Luka Inch (Tasman), Monu Moli (Tasman) and Havila Molia (Waikato)

    Not Considered due to All Blacks Sevens commitments: Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens (Taranaki)

    Not Considered due to injury: Blair Murray (Canterbury), Tyler Laubscher (Manawatu), Valynce Te Whare (Waikato) and Kienan Higgins (Wellington)



  • Surprised/disappointed not to see Patrick Teddy in the list.



  • Interesting to see Blair Murray now down in Canterbury.Exciting young talent out of New Plymouth Boys High.



  • @Stargazer simply not good enough I suppose.



  • @Canes4life He's still eligible for U19s this year, so it could be something as simple as his age.



  • What NZ U20s need is big forwards with plenty of grunt. They were demolished up front during the last two championships. From what I have seen from the Six Nations so far, France, England and Italy all have a very big pack. In the backs, the French right wing and fullback are superstars in the making (Dridi and Tiberghien).



  • Some good players but don’t think we will break the duck with this group. Don’t see enough game breakers across board and world class u20 players.



  • Stu Cruden : Aaron's brother ?



  • @cgrant Yep.



  • Article about (ineligible) prop Saula Mau, who has been invited to attend the U20 camp.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/super-rugby/119511215/super-rugby-why-140kg-teen-prop-saula-mau-excites-highlanders-and-baby-blacks





  • I hope the German panzer tank gets selected. It’s kind of Hollywood movie stuff if he ends up playing for NZ.



  • @Billy-Tell In case you mean Anton Segner, he's not eligible for NZU20 this year.



  • @Stargazer said in 2020 New Zealand U20s:

    @Billy-Tell In case you mean Anton Segner, he's not eligible for NZU20 this year.

    Why not?



  • @Billy-Tell IIRC it's because the residency requirement only starts to run once a player leaves school (unless his family lives here, too, but that's not the case). He was still at school in 2019.



  • Philpott's comments about having better kicking to play a territorial game isn't addressing the main problem. As usual, it will come down to whether the NZ tight five are competitive against the NH teams and SA/Aust.

    Havila Molia is an interesting addition. He was the captain and TH prop for St Paul's Collegiate last year and I expected him to be in the mix for the NZ Schools teams. A big unit and very mobile.



  • From the World Rugby media release of 21 March 2020 (link below)

    • The World Rugby U20 Championship 2020, scheduled to be hosted in northern Italy in late June and July, has been cancelled following detailed consultation with the Federazione Italiana Rugby

    https://www.world.rugby/news/568360



  • An interesting article on allblacks.com today. A few names from 10 years ago that I don't remember at all.

    https://www.allblacks.com/news/where-are-they-now-new-zealand-2010-under-20-world-champions/



  • Totally missed this announcement 11 days ago. I assume they didn't postpone it, instead of cancel it, for financial reasons?

    I feel sorry for all the guys that miss out this year and won't be eligible anymore next year.

    https://www.allblacks.com/news/oceania-rugby-under-20s-championships-cancelled/



  • There is no NZ U20 camp so it would be hard to select a team. But I'm sure it is also a cost-saving decision with the Jock Hobbs U19 tournament previously cancelled.



  • @Bovidae They've had camps though; they have a group of players to select from. The Jock Hobbs U19 Tournament would have provided the pool of players for the 2021 squad, not this year's squad.



  • @Stargazer said in 2020 New Zealand U20s:

    @Bovidae They've had camps though; they have a group of players to select from.

    I thought there was a final camp to be held before the final selection?


Log in to reply