2020 NZ Schools

  • Although they won't name a proper NZ Schools squad to play an Oceania Championship against Australia, Fiji and Japan, this year, they are going to select a 50 players (boys) squad to play one game.

    Secondary school talent identified for regional camps

    The next generation of New Zealand rugby stars have been identified and selected for the 2020 New Zealand Barbarians Under 18 Regional Development Camps.

    A revitalised schools’ programme sees the expansion to five regional camps across the country, capturing more players than ever before.

    New Zealand Rugby’s (NZR) High Performance Player Development Manager Matt Sexton said the ability to expand development opportunities for more players has been a great outcome.

    “The disruption brought upon by Covid-19 actually gave us the chance to step back and think strategically about how to improve our connection at this age group. We hope these camps will be a positive experience for young players who had their 1st XV season interrupted in 2020.

    “We are incredibly thankful to the support of the New Zealand Barbarians and New Zealand Schools Rugby Union for coming on board to support this programme and to the great work our talent identification network has done in finding this group of young players,” said Sexton.

    Camps will be hosted in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin with 250 players attend across the five regions. Facilitated by NZR, Super Rugby and Provincial Union staff, school boy and girl players from both 15s and sevens programmes have been included and will assemble on September 28.

    “The inclusion of schoolgirl players for the first time is recognition of the continual growth in the women’s game and the impressive talent we have seen across the country,” said Sexton.

    At the conclusion of the week-long camp, 50 boys players will assemble as two squads in Hamilton. Mark Hammett and Tom Coventry will lead the sides as they prepare for a one-off fixture on October 10.

    “Once again it is fantastic to have Super Rugby level coaches leading these teams, their knowledge and experience is invaluable for young players.”


  • Players selected for the Hurricanes U18 Camp:


    Cortez Te Pou – Hastings Rugby & Sport

    Amelia Pasikala – Hastings Rugby & Sport

    Kaipo Olsen-Baker – Manukura

    Rangimarie Sturmey – Feilding High School

    Ngano Tavake – Massey University

    Valini Malia Kalemeli Vaka – St Mary’s

    Marianive Leota – St Mary’s


    Amos Roddick – Gisborne BHS

    Nicolas Proffit – Gisborne BHS

    Jayden Stok – Napier BHS

    Mitchell Curran – Napier BHS

    Iafeta Ma’a – Napier BHS

    Ethyn Martin – Napier BHS

    William Robinson – Napier BHS

    Gilgal Malasia – Napier BHS

    Tipene Maxwell – Napier BHS

    Afa Moleli – Napier BHS

    Tino Savea – Lindisfarne College

    Kaihau Pasikala – Hastings BHS

    Andrew Hayward – Hastings BHS

    Eldius Oli – Hastings BHS

    Cooper Flanders – Hastings BHS

    Treyah Kingi-Taukamo – St Kents

    Bradley Campbell – St John’s College Hastings

    Logan Henry – Kaierau Country Club

    Malakai Ngatai – Manukura

    Tyson Chase – Hato Paora

    Lafo Takiari Ah Ching – Palmerston North BHS

    Tavita Henare-Schuster – Palmerston North BHS

    Raymond Tuputupu – Palmerston North BHS

    Hunter Morrison – Palmerston North BHS

    Elyjah Crosswell – Palmerston North BHS

    Logan Love – Palmerston North BHS

    Jonty Stewart – Feilding High School

    Moape Rokosuka – Feilding High School

    Kyle Brown – Feilding High School

    Terrence Graham – Feilding High School

    AJ Malili-Malo-Lauano – Feilding High School

    Knox Tuinasau – Paraparaumu

    Jayden Webb Milner – Rathkeale College

    Siale Lauaki – St Pats Town

    Bradley Crichton – St Pats Town

    Christian Stenhouse – St Pats Town

    Hans Leota – Scots College

    Jonty Bird – Scots College

    Maea Tema-Schmidt – Scots College

    Dominic Ropeti – Scots College

    Oryaan Kalolo – Scots College

    Sione Halalilo – Scots College

    Jabez Peniata – Porirua College

    Jono Little – St Bernards College

    Heylin Tuia – St Bernards College

    Peter Lakai – St Pats Silverstream

    Riley Higgins – St Pats Silverstream

    Owen Wright – Aotea College

    Ronaldo Seumanufagai – Ories (Wellington)

    Different from what the NZR media release says, this camp will not be held in Wellington, but in Napier.

  • Highlanders U18 Camp

  • @Stargazer said in 2020 NZ Schools:

    At the conclusion of the week-long camp, 50 boys players will assemble as two squads in Hamilton. Mark Hammett and Tom Coventry will lead the sides as they prepare for a one-off fixture on October 10.

    I wonder where this game will be? They have tended to have camps and play at St Paul's.

  • New Zealand Barbarians Under 18 Chiefs Region Camp:

    Luke Ale (Hamilton Boys High School)
    Juvina Auva'a (Rosehill College)
    Josh Bartlett (Tauranga Boys College)
    Klee Begbie (University of Waikato)
    Dayna Bidois (Rotorua Boys High School)
    Aaliyah Brown (Manurewa High School)
    Westyn Cobb (Hamilton Boys High School)
    Kusitino Drauna (New Plymouth Boys High School)
    Kini Fonua (Rotorua Boys High School)
    Oliver Foote (Hamilton Boys High School)
    Tyron Hilton (Hamilton Boys High School)
    Noah Hotham (Hamilton Boys High School)
    Jordan Hutchings (Rotorua Boys High School)
    Destiny Iraia (Mount Maunganui Sports Club)
    Kauvaka Kaivelata (Wesley College)
    Taha Kemara (Hamilton Boys High School)
    Villiami Kuli (Wesley College)
    Veveni Lasaqa (Tauranga Boys College)
    Perry Laurence (New Plymouth Boys High School)
    Maximus Lestro (Hamilton Boys High School)
    Heath MacEwan (Hamilton Boys High School)
    Tyler McNutt (Hamilton Boys High School)
    Havila Molia (St Paul's Collegiate)
    Kiri Nolan (Hamilton Girls High School)
    Manaia Nuku (Hamilton Girls High School)
    Anarau Paenga Morgan (St Paul's Collegiate)
    Curtis Palmer (Tauranga Boys College)
    Hope Parata-Kingi (Rotoiti Rugby Club)
    Ralph Sean (Hamilton Boys High School)
    Reweti Levi (New Plymouth Boys High School)
    Te Rama Reuben (St Kentigern's College)
    Campbell Robb (St Paul's Collegiate)
    Gabe Robinson (Hamilton Boys High School)
    Jone Rova (New Plymouth Boys High School)
    Isaac Seiuli (St John's College)
    Rowan Slater (New Plymouth Boys High School)
    Andrew Smith (St Peter's School, Cambridge)
    Dawson Smith (St Peter's School, Cambridge)
    Payton Spencer (Hamilton Boys High School)
    Ben Strang (St Paul's Collegiate)
    Te Hamana Te Aute (Rotorua Boys High School)
    Peter Te Kahu (New Plymouth Boys High School)
    Brooklyn Teki- Joyce (Rangataua Rugby Club)
    Aki Tulivailala (Hamilton Boys High School)
    Mason Tupaea (Hamilton Boys High School)
    Quinnlan Tupou (St Peter's School, Cambridge)
    SolomonaTyrell (Hamilton Boys High School)
    Leititia Vaka (Wesley College)
    Malachi Wrampling-Alec (St Paul's Collegiate)
    Jericho Yorke (Rotorua Boys High School)

    The following players have been selected as standby players:

    Moses McGoon (Hamilton Boys High School), Shey Retemeyer (St Peter’s School, Cambridge), Diesel Lee Jakeman (St Peter’s School, Cambridge), Dan Fereti (Hamilton Boys High School), Quinton Cotton (St Paul’s Collegiate), Jonty Short (St Peter’s School, Cambridge), Junior Toaisi (Wesley College), Adrian Wharawhara (St John’s College), Maia George (St Peter’s School, Cambridge), Dante Gardiner (Tauranga Boys College), Nusi Mafi (Wesley College), Amos Fa’aola (Hamilton Boys High School), Ryan Michie (Rosehill College), Austin Anderson (Hamilton Boys High School)


  • @Bovidae They've also held the camps in Palmy in previous years. Will keep an eye on it.

    I'm still looking for the Blues U18 and Crusaders U18 lists.

  • @Stargazer The article you posted says 50 players will assemble in Hamilton so I expect they will play there (Schools vs Barbarians I assume).

  • By the way, in the Highlanders squad announcement they say that the Highlanders U18 squad will play a game against Crusaders U18 on Friday, 2 October.

    I wonder whether there will be more inter-regional games ( North Island)?

  • @Bovidae Yeah, of course. I focused on the date and totally missed the location! 🤦🏽♂

  • @Stargazer sorry I have no idea how to put a pic up. But I have the crusaders one

  • @chchfanatic Where did you find it?

  • @Stargazer I was sent it by a mate at crusaders

  • Crusaders U18


    Monu Moli (Marlborough BC)
    Emmanuel Fruean (Shirley BHS)
    Charlee Barrett (Rangiora HS)
    Mini Togo (St Andrews College)
    James Mullan (Rangiora HS)
    Zach Landon-Lane (Christchurch BHS)
    Te Ariki Peipi (Marlborough BC)
    Harris McRobbie (Rangiora HS)
    Junior Fifita (Christchurch BHS)
    Richie Tupualei (St Thomas CC)
    Jayden Horgan (Shirley BHS)
    Jamie Hannah (Christchurch BHS)
    Fabian Holland (Christchurch BHS)
    Tahlor Cahill (Shirley BHS)
    Alexander Yallop (Christchurch BHS)
    Manase Taufa (Marlborough BC)
    Torian Barnes (St Andrews College)
    Kieran Charlton (St Thomas CC)
    Kole Harmer (St Thomas CC)
    Jamie Carr (St Andrews College)
    William MacKenzie (Marlborough BC)
    George Methven (St Bedes College)
    Will Stodart (St Andrews College)
    Sam Scott (Elesmere College)


    Joel Parry (St Andrews College)
    Bailey Moody (Christchurch BHS)
    Ryan McLeod (Marlborough BC)
    Sam Nicholls (Shirley BHS)
    Mason Allison (St Bedes College)
    Jack Harding (St Andrews College)
    Jack Parker (New Plymouth BHS)
    Malele Uili (Shirley BHS)
    Isi Saumaki (St Andrews College)
    Macca Springer (Waimea College)
    Ethan Faitaua (Shirley BHS)
    Callum Simpson (Christchurch BHS)
    Hugh Cameron (St Andrews College)
    Ollie Curtis (Christchurch BHS)
    Felix Fa’atili (St Thomas CC)
    Hugh Montgomery (St Andrews College)
    Jack Sandford (St Andrews College)
    Isaac Hutchinson (St Bedes College)
    Tama Nicholas (Rangiora HS)

  • @Stargazer Christ’s college and Nelson college weren’t included as they have a quad tournament.
    Christ’s would’ve had Fletcher Anderson, Liam Pratt , Louis Gunn ( son of a ) Nic shearer.
    Not sure about Nelson

  • @chchfanatic

    I wonder whether that same quad tournament is also the reason why no player from Wellington College has made the Hurricanes U18s. Not sure whether Wellington College, or the fourth school, Whanganui Collegiate have players that would have received an invitation to attend the Hurricanes Camp, if the quad tournament wasn't held at the same time.

  • @Stargazer It could simply be that none of the players from those two schools warrant selection.

  • @Stargazer

    Congratulations to Harry Godfrey and Adam Lennox for being identified by the Hurricanes selectors for the 2020 Hurricanes Under 18 Camp. Unfortunately, they had to be withdrawn from the Hurricanes rankings and denied the chance of selection. The 94th Quadrangular Rugby Tournament is on the same week as the Hurricanes Camp in Napier which is the pinnacle of the WCS 1st XV Rugby calendar.
    They were able to access the Hurricanes coaches through the Hurricanes Roadshow in Whanganui.

  • Blues U18

    Tamara Ati (Macauley College); Sylvia Brunt (Mt Albert Grammar); Luisa Togotogorua, Dayna Moon, Abby Lockhart (Howick); Manaia Webb (Kerikeri); Maddison Mataafa, Christie Moncrieff (Westlake); Riko Takayoshi (Rangitoto); Madison Johnson (Dargaville).

    Manase Mohuanga (Aoerere); Faka’ongo Lea’aemanu, Finau Halafihi, Konrad Lotu-iga, Sam Hainsworth-Fa’aofo, Gage Jackson, Cullen Gray, Fehi Fineanganofo (Auckland Grammar); Josh Ioane, Brandon Tupu-Tuia (Botany); Lucas Payne (Dargaville); Wallace Sititi (DeLaSalle); Edward Whyte (Dilworth); Cameron Hansford, Rome Levi (Kaitaia High School); Tony Tafa, Aukusitino Salanoa, Kaleb Emile-Vaoga, Sam Howling (Kelston Boys); Sam Harper (Kerikeri High School); Israel Otunuku, Robbie Coman, Che Clarke, Dayton Iobu, Francis Manuleleua, Ali Leiataua, Luron Iosefa, Chicago Doyle (Kings College); Oscar Cowley-Andrea (Maclans); Zinzan Hansen (Massey High School); Quinton Nichols, Tama Anderson (Mt Albert Grammar); Rory Taylor, Keano Kini (Rosmini); Charlie Hankins, Jadin Kingi, Kobe Kay (Sacred Heart); Ben Ake, Allan Craig, Alefosio Aho, Will Bason, Liam Brady (St Kentigern); Ben Fuhiniu, Tito Tuipulotu, Ajay Faleafaga, Jeremiah Asi (St Peters); Righard Snyman, Brook Robson, Taufui Lolohea, Caleb Tangitau (Westlake); Josh Beehre (Whangarei).

    At the conclusion of the camp the group will travel to Hamilton for two games against the Chiefs Under-18 camp attendees.

    Two teams from the five New Zealand Super teams will then assemble under Blues forwards coach Tom Coventry and former All Black Mark Hammett for a one-off fixture in Hamilton on October 10.


  • So Blues U18 will play Chiefs U18 twice.

    Highlanders U18 will play Crusaders U18 at least once.

    Hurricanes U18?

    Anyone heard/read anything about more matches until that October 10 fixture?

  • The Blues and Chiefs have usually selected 2 separate teams so it is likely to be 2 games with different squads.

  • @Stargazer Just three Bedeans, but six of those Shirley powder puffs???

  • New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has announced 50 players to assemble as the 2020 New Zealand Barbarians Under 18 squad.
    Following involvement in the regional development camps that take place across the country next week, the players will assemble in Hamilton and form two teams named after New Zealand and Barbarian Rugby legends Andy Haden and Alan Whetton.
    The teams will be coached by Mark Hammett and Tom Coventry as they prepare for a one-off fixture on Friday 9 October.
    The players selected represent 29 schools from 12 Provincial Unions, spanning from Dargaville High School in the north, to King's High School in Dunedin. King's College (Auckland), Hamilton Boy’s High School and St Andrew's College (Christchurch) have the biggest representation.


  • Here is a list of the 50 players selected.

    I'll add this information:
    In 2019 NZ Schools team
    In 2019 NZ Barbarian Schools team

    Fletcher Anderson (Christs College, Canterbury)
    Jeremiah Asi (St Peters College, Auckland)
    Torian Barnes (St Andrews College, Canterbury)
    Will Bason (St Kentigern College, Auckland)
    Che Clarke (Kings College, Auckland)
    Allan Craig (St Kentigern College, Auckland)
    Bradley Crichton (St Patricks College, Wellington)
    Elyjah Crosswell (Palmerston North Boys’ High School, Manawatu)
    Ollie Curtis (Christchurch Boys’ High School, Canterbury)
    Chicago Doyle (Kings College, Auckland)
    Ajay Faleafaga (St Peters College, Auckland)
    Fehi Fineanganofo (Auckland Grammar School, Auckland)
    Olly Foote (Hamilton Boys’ High School, Waikato)
    Harry Godfrey (Whanganui Collegiate, Wanganui)
    Ollie Haig (Otago Boys’ High School, Otago)
    Jamie Hannah (Christchurch Boys’ High School, Canterbury)
    Fabian Holland (Christchurch Boys’ High School, Canterbury)
    Riley Higgins (St Patricks College Silverstream, Wellington)
    Noah Hotham (Hamilton Boys’ High School, Waikato)
    Dayton Iobu (Kings College, Auckland)
    Luron Iosefa (Kings College, Auckland)
    Taha Kemara (Hamilton Boys’ High School, Waikato)
    Jadin Kingi (Sacred Heart, Auckland)
    Siale Lauaki (St Patricks College, Wellington)
    Adam Lennox (Whanganui Collegiate, Wanganui)
    Hanz Leota (Scots College, Wellington)
    Blake Makiri (St Peters Cambridge, Waikato)
    Harris McRobbie (Rangiora High School, Canterbury)
    George Methven (St Bede’s College, Canterbury)
    Lavengamonu (Monu) Moli (Marlborough Boys’ College, Tasman)
    Havila Molia (St Pauls Collegiate School, Waikato)
    James Mullan (Rangiora High School, Canterbury)
    Joel Parry (St Andrews College, Canterbury)
    Lucas Payne (Dargaville High School, Northland)
    Te Rama Reuben (St Kentigern College, Auckland)
    Dominic Ropeti (Scots College, Wellington)
    Jone Rova (New Plymouth Boys’ High School, Taranaki)
    Fiti Sa (Christs College, Canterbury)
    Steve Salelea (Kings High School, Otago)
    Isilei Saumaki (St Andrews College, Canterbury)
    Wallace Sititi (De La Salle College, Auckland)
    Christian Stenhouse (St Patricks College, Wellington)
    Jayden Stok (Napier Boys’ High School, Hawke's Bay)
    Tony Tafa (Kelston Boys’ High School, Auckland)
    Caleb Tangitau (Westlake Boys’ High School, North Harbour)
    Amini Toga (St Andrews College, Canterbury)
    Mason Tupaea (Hamilton Boys’ High School, Waikato)
    Quinlan Tupou (St Peters Cambridge, Waikato)
    Rohan Wingham (Kings High School, Otago)
    Owen Wright (Aotea College, Wellington)

  • @Bovidae So they have selected the 50 players before the regional camps have even taken place? Why on earth have they done that? And based on what? And selected by whom?

    Looking at the players on the list, I don't know which year all these players are in, maybe that's the reason for some players not being picked? I'm very surprised to see players like Afa Moleli (Napier Boys) and Cooper Flanders (Hastings Boys) missing from that list, but they're both year 12 IIRC. Not sure what year Andrew Hayward is in, but he was one of the better players of last year's Hastings Boys' champions team and he's not on the list either.

  • @Stargazer

    When Hammett is involved who knows, but it does seem back to front. Last year the assistant coaches were from Scots College and Canterbury so I assume they were also selectors. Just who else selects these teams is a mystery.

    There are year 12s on that list but most tend to be selected in the Barbarian Schools team.

    I'll try to go along to watch the game on Oct 9 or 10. Go team Coventry! 🙂

  • @Bovidae That entire selection process is a joke. I don't even think Hammett is involved in the selection; he wasn't last year (because of his Highlanders commitments). I think they use scouts. Hammett was full of excuses though, when he was criticised for not selecting a single player from Hastings Boys' champions team in the NZ Schools squad and only two in the NZ Barbarians School squad in 2019. We can't say for sure whether last year's selection process was to blame for NZ Schools' loss to Australia Schools (it's probably one of several factors), but you'd hope that they've reviewed the process. 2020 has been a terrible year for sports, so obviously this wasn't an ideal year for a more solid selection process, but I just can't get my head around the fact that they've selected the players before the regional camps have taken place. It just doesn't make sense.

  • And when is the last time the greater Auckland region schoolboys played?

  • @Bovidae That was 8 August (round 5 Auckland 1A, round 6 Harbour 1A).

  • @Stargazer So their players would have been identified and pencilled in before then.

  • I thought Lafo Ah Ching from PNBHS would be there

  • This graphic gives you an idea of where some of the Northland talent has ended up.


  • @Bovidae I have heard Allan Craig is signed on some sort of development contract to return.

    NRU are trying different ways to get some of these kids to come back after schooling in Auckland.

    In next few years be interesting to see some of the kids I have seen grow up and coached or my team competed against coming out of Auckland schools (Auckland Grammar, MAGs, St Kents, Dilworth)

  • @taniwharugby It was interesting sitting near some of the parents last year for the NZ vs Aust Schools game. One was Craig's mother, who mentioned they were from up north. A couple of other parents indicated their sons were on the move to other provinces, and they have.

  • @Bovidae yep and it is understandale.

    I had heard (unsure if true) Sam Nocks father had suggested he sign for one of the several other provinces that were chasing his signature out of St Kents rather than come home to Northland as it would likely be better for his development and career.

    I think we have better systems in place in the past few years though for some of these young guys, we just need to start getting better results on the park to make them see Northland as the team they want to come back and play for instead of choosing somewhere else.

  • U18 Chiefs v Blues

    Thu 1 October 2020 - St Paul's Collegiate, Hamilton
    1.05pm – Chiefs U18 (Team Clarke) v Blues U18
    2.35pm – Chiefs U18 (Team Messam) v Blues U18

    According to the St Paul's Collegiate Facebook page, both games will be broadcast live on Sky, but there's nothing in the Sky tv schedule, yet.

  • @Stargazer

    The games are listed on the online Sky TV guide. I'll probably go along and watch if the weather is good. The Chiefs U18 camp started today at St Paul's.

  • @Bovidae Ha, I looked at the online guide, but they've changed it since then. All U18 Camps started today btw.

  • Here are the Chiefs teams. Team Messam looks to be the A team.

    Team Clarke:

    1. Kauvaka Kaivelata Wesley College
    2. Sean Ralph Hamilton Boys’ High School
    3. Haruto Takahashi Rotorua Boys’ High School
    4. Peter Te Kahu New Plymouth Boys’ High School
    5. Tyler McNutt Hamilton Boys’ High School
    6. Maximus Lestro Hamilton Boys’ High School
    7. Heath MacEwan Hamilton Boys’ High School
    8. Solomona Tyrell Hamilton Boys’ High School
    9. Ben Strang St Paul's Collegiate
    10. Dawson Smith St Peter's School
    11. Aki Tulivailala Hamilton Boys’ High School
    12. Levi Rewiti New Plymouth BHS
    13. Luke Ale Hamilton Boys’ High School
    14. Te Hamana Te Aute Rotorua BHS
    15. Austin Anderson Hamilton Boys’ High School

    16. Dayna Bidios Rotorua Boys’ High School
    17. Perry Lawrence New Plymouth Boys’ High School
    18. Curtis Palmer Tauranga Boys’ College
    19. Issac Seiuli St John's College
    20. Viliami Kuli Wesley College
    21. Anaru Paenga Morgan St Paul's Collegiate
    22. Jae Bloomfield St Paul's Collegiate
    23. Tyrone Hilton Hamilton Boys’ High School

    Team Messam:

    1. Mason Tupaea Hamilton Boys’ High School
    2. Campbell Robb St Paul's Collegiate
    3. Havila Molia St Paul's Collegiate
    4. Kini Fonua Rotorua Boys’ High School
    5. Andrew Smith St Peter's School
    6. Rowan Slater New Plymouth Boys’ High School
    7. Veveni Lasaqa Tauranga Boys’ College
    8. Te Rama Rueben St Kentigern's College
    9. Noah Hotham Hamilton Boys’ High School
    10. Taha Kemara Hamilton Boys’ High School
    11. Jericho Yorke Rotorua Boys’ High School
    12. Quinnlan Tupou St Peter's School
    13. Jone Rova New Plymouth Boys’ High School
    14. Kusitino Drauna New Plymouth Boys’ High School
    15. Oliver Foote Hamilton Boys’ High School

    16. Sean Ralph Hamilton Boys’ High School
    17. Josh Barlett Tauranga Boys’ College
    18. Gabe Robinson Hamilton Boys’ High School
    19. Malachi Wrampling St Paul's Collegiate
    20. Jordan Hutchings Rotorua Boys’ High School
    21. Heath MacEwan Hamilton Boys’ High School
    22. Ben Strang St Paul's Collegiate
    23. Dawson Smith St Peter's School
    24. Levi Rewiti New Plymouth Boys’ High School
    25. Aki Tulivailala Hamilton Boys’ High School

  • Team Clarke, named after former Chiefs lock and co-captain Craig Clarke, will take on the Blues Team Maungawhau in the opening game of the afternoon at 1.05pm. Team Messam, named after the Chiefs most capped player and former co-captain Liam Messam, will conclude the afternoon kicking off against the Blues Team Maungakiekie at 2.35pm.

  • I wish the Hurricanes would give us some info. Nothing about games; no photos. Nothing.

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