Visinia & Edwards named in NZ Under 20 team

Visinia & Edwards named in NZ Under 20 team

Blues Wider Training Group members Joseph Edwards and Lolagi Visinia have been named in the New Zealand Under 20 team to to travel to France in June for the IRB Junior World Championship.
They are among nine players from the Blues region to have been selected in the 28-strong squad.
Blues High Performance Manager Nick Sheppard said the franchise was delighted with the news.
“We have invested in these players over a number of years and we see them as a big part of the Blues in the future,” Sheppard said.
New Zealand Under 20 coach Chris Boyd said the competition for spots in this year’s squad had been fierce with many of 48 contenders demonstrating they had worked hard on their fitness and technique over the summer.
“I think the squad we have selected has been a good balance of hard workers and natural talent. †This is the culmination of a seven-month programme to identify our potential squad, and to develop those players,” Boyd said.
The New Zealand Under 20 squad is assembled in Palmerston North today for continued training until Sunday April 28.
They will reassemble prior to departure to France, in Auckland on Monday May 27.
The squad is:

FORWARDS

Front rowers:

Donald Brighouse – Wellington
Epalahame Faiva – Waikato
Nick Grogan – Manawatu
Alexander Hodgman – Canterbury
Sione Mafileo – North Harbour
Kalafi Pongi – Counties Manukau
Boyd Wiggins – North Harbour

Locks:

Scott Barrett – Canterbury
Jackson Hemopo – Otago
Patrick Tuipulotu – Auckland
Christopher Vui – Auckland

Loose Forwards:

Adam Burn – Waikato
Joseph Edwards – Auckland
Jordan Manihera – North Harbour
Hadleigh May – Otago
Ardie Savea – Wellington

BACKS

Halfbacks:

Tayler Adams – Southland
Sheridan Rangihuna – Hawke’s Bay

First five-eighths:

Simon Hickey – Auckland
Jade Te Rure – Manawatu

Midfield backs:

Michael Collins – Otago
Jason Emery – Manawatu
Fa’asiu Fuatai – Otago
Teihorangi Walden – Otago

Outside backs:

Penikolo Latu – Hawke’s Bay
Leroy Van Dam – Auckland
Lolagi Visinia – Auckland
Joseph Webber – Waikato