14 Jun 2011

Changes to NZ Junior rugby team

4:20 pm on 14 June 2011

The New Zealand under 20 rugby coach Mark Anscombe has made a number of changes to his starting lineup for tomorrow morning's Junior World Championship match against Wales in Italy.

There are just six players remaining from the side that beat Italy 64-7 in their opening match.

Super Rugby players Sam Cane, Lima Sopoaga and Beauden Barrett all start.

Italy should be the hardest opposition for the New Zealanders in pool play after beating Argentina 34-8 in their opening match.

New Zealand is seeking its fourth straight Junior World Championship title.

The New Zealand team to play Wales is....

1 Solomona Sakalia Wellington

2 Codie Taylor Canterbury

3 Ben Tameifuna Hawke's Bay

4 Steven Luatua Auckland

5 Brodie Retallick Hawke's Bay

6 Brad Shields Wellington

7 Sam Cane Bay of Plenty

8 Luke Whitelock, captain Canterbury

9 TJ Perenara Wellington

10 Gareth Anscombe Auckland

11 Charles Piutau Auckland

12 Lima Sopoaga Wellington

13 Rhys Llewellyn Canterbury

14 Waisake Naholo Taranaki

15 Beauden Barrett Taranaki


16 Sefo Setefano Waikato

17 Michael Kainga Wellington

18 Dominic Bird Canterbury

19 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis Taranaki

20 Brad Weber Otago

21 Francis Saili Auckland

22 Glen Robertson Waikato