Great to have a reason to start this thread:
Oceania Rugby and Rugby Australia have confirmed the upcoming Oceania U20 Championships will be held on the Sunshine Coast from July 1-10.
The tournament will see hosts Australia take on newcomers Argentina, New Zealand and Fiji at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
The tournament has become the major warm-up tournament ahead of the U20 World Championships, which will return in 2023.
The Junior Wallabies enter as defending champions after their heroics in 2019, which saw now established stars such as Angus Bell, Harry Wilson and Noah Lolesio upset New Zealand 24-0 to claim the title.
2022 Oceania Rugby U20 Championship Schedule (Sunshine Coast Stadium)
Round 1: Friday 1 July 2022
- New Zealand v Fiji
- Australia v Argentina
Round 2: Tuesday 5 July 2022
- New Zealand v Argentina
- Australia v Fiji
Round 3: Sunday 10 July 2022
- Fiji v Argentina
- Australia v New Zealand
Outside of Calder, I still have major doubts about the quality of the props on display when we face the NH scrums. I rate Mason Tupaea but he seemed to play more at TH when he has always been a LH prop.
I am sure Donnelly will favour players who have already played NPC/SR (Lasaqa and Michaels not mentioned above), and there are also a few who are injured and didn't play in Taupō.
The New Zealand Under 20 squad is:
Josh Bartlett (Chiefs/Bay of Plenty)
Josh Beehre (Blues/Auckland)
George Bell (Crusaders/Canterbury)
Joe Brial (Crusaders/Canterbury)
Tahlor Cahill (Crusaders/Canterbury)
Seb Calder (Crusaders/Canterbury)
Oliver Haig (Highlanders/Otago)
Jamie Hannah (Crusaders/Canterbury)
Fabian Holland (Highlanders/Otago)
Peter Lakai (Hurricanes/Wellington)
Siale Lauaki (Hurricanes/Wellington)
Hayden Michaels (Highlanders/Southland)
Lavengamonu (Monu) Moli (Crusaders/Ta$man)
Viliami Napa'a (Crusaders/Ta$man)
Wallace Sititi (Blues/Auckland)
Mason Tupaea (Chiefs/Waikato)
Raymond Tuputupu (Hurricanes/Manawatu)
Lucas Cashmore (Chiefs/Bay of Plenty)
Harry Godfrey (Hurricanes/Shield Snorters)
Riley Higgins (Hurricanes/Wellington)
Noah Hotham (Highlanders/Ta$man)
Finn Hurley (Highlanders/Otago)
Joel Lam (Crusaders/Canterbury)
Adam Lennox (Chiefs/Taranaki)
Cameron Millar (Highlanders/Otago)
Jone Rova (Crusaders/Canterbury)
Mackay (Macca) Springer (Crusaders/Ta$man)
Jake Te Hiwi (Highlanders/Otago)
Essendon Tuitupou (Blues/Auckland)
Nik Vikena (Crusaders/Ta$man)
@Daffy-Jaffy The Chiefs were under-represented last year but won the tournament.
The players selected might just correspond to where the coaches are from.
The New Zealand Under 20s will be headed by former All Black Tom Donnelly, with assistant coaches Cory Jane and Scott Hansen.
The only player listed as "Unavailable for selection" is Caleb Tangitau due to the All Blacks Sevens. It would be good to know if others are injured as Kemara might be one of those. I wasn't surprised he wasn't included as they tend to favour the older players. In this case, Cashmore, Godfrey and Millar.
2022 New Zealand U20s