Today marks the start of New Zealand's under-20 rugby
campaign to contest the junior world championship in France
Some 48 players have been called into a week-long development
camp in Palmerston North - the first under new New Zealand
under-20 head coach Chris Boyd and his assistants Chris
Gibbes and Liam Barry.
"It's exciting to think that we have begun our work towards
France next year," Boyd said.
"Our main focus for this camp is to build our knowledge and
understanding of the individual player abilities.
"We're looking forward to working with the boys, as they
prepare themselves to contest for a spot in the squad that we
take to France. We're very clear on the goal, particularly
after a disappointing final loss to South Africa this year.
We want to go out there and dominate and bring back our
championship title and trophy."
Squad: Forwards: Sonny Ali'ifa'alogo, Scott Barrett, Donald
Brighouse, Sean Brookman, Mitchell Brown, Adam Burn, Josh
Davey, Joe Edwards, Hame Faive, Levi Guildford, Jackson
Hemopo, Alexander Hodgman, Tom Hughes, Kane Jacobson, Daniel
Lienert-Brown, Sione Mafileo, Jordan Manihera, Hadleigh May,
Kalafi Pongi, Ardie Savea, Scott Scrafton, Sabastion Siataga,
John-Bosco Tagaloa, Patrick Tuipulotu, Chris Vui, Joe Walsh,
Boyd Wiggins. Backs: Tayler Adams, Fomai Ah Ki, Shayne
Anderson, Michael Collins, Pele Cowley, Jason Emery, Calvary
Fonoti, Faasiu Fuatai, Jack Halpin, Wharenui Hawera, Simon
Hickey, Penikolo Latu, Niko Malo, Rameka Paraki, Sheridan
Rangihuna, Tamati Samuels, Melani Vai, Leroy Van Dam, Lolagi
Visinia, Tei Walden, Joe Webber