Savea takes Baby Blacks reins

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 08:26
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Hurricanes loose forward Ardie Savea will captain the New Zealand Under-20 side in the Junior World Championship opener against Fiji on Wednesday.

Hurricanes loose forward Ardie Savea will captain the New Zealand Under-20 side in the Junior World Championship opener against Fiji on Wednesday.

Savea, brother of All Black wing Julian, has made a few appearences for the Hurricanes during their Super Rugby campaign this year as well as playing for the All Black Sevens side and impressing at senior level.

He is joined in the side by Highlanders back Jason Emery - who played in this tournament last year - was involved in the final that saw them lose out to the South Africa Under-20 side.

New Zealand launches their campaign for a fifth Championship title after last claiming the title in 2011.

Baby Blacks coach Chris Boyd said the team had settled well into their tournament base and were looking forward to getting the tournament under way.

"We know we have a relatively fresh team, but the boys are excited about getting out for their first hit-out of this tournament.   Our team focus has been on getting the boys into a good training routine and ready to take on their first challenge against Fiji.

"We know that any time we play against our Pacific neighbours, they play with great passion and energy, so we need to be solid and clinical about following our own game plan," Boyd added.

New Zealand Under-20: 15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Leroy van Dam, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Micheal Collins, 11 Fa’asiu Fuatai, 10 Jade Te Rure, 9 Tayler Adams, 8 Adam Burn, 7 Ardie Savea (captain), 6 Jordan Manihera, 5 Patrick Tuipulotu, 4 Scott Scarfton, 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 Nick Grogan, 1 Alexander Hodgman.
Replacements: 16 Kalafi Pongi, 17 Donald Brighouse, 18 Chris Vui, 19 Hadleigh May, 20 Sheridan Rangihuna, 21 Tei Walden, 22 Penikolo Latu, 23 Boyd Wiggins.

Date: Wednesday, 5 June
Venue: Stade de la Rabine, Vannes
Kick-off: 20.45 (18.45 GMT)
Referee: Andrew McMenemy (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Ian Davies (Wales), Mathieu Noirot (France).

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
UNDER-20 WORLD CUP
MORE LOGS
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
England U20 0 0 0 0 0
Australia U20 0 0 0 0 0
Wales U20 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa U20 0 0 0 0 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand U20 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland U20 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland U20 0 0 0 0 0
Italy U20 0 0 0 0 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa U20 0 0 0 0 0
France U20 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina U20 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia U20 0 0 0 0 0