Australian Under 20s look to bounce back against New Zealand

by Staff Writer

Australian Under 20s coach Adrian Thompson has named his side to face New Zealand, with four changes to the starting side that lost 19-15 to Ireland in their opening match of the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship.

Thompson has made two changes in the pack and two in the backs, as his side looks to get its campaign back on track against New Zealand at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes in France this Monday at 4:45am (AEST).

In the front row, loosehead Silatolu Latu, hooker Maile Ngauamo and tightead Oliver Hoskins all retain their spots.

In the second row, Ofiu Manukeu-Archibald replaces Senio Toleafoa, while Tom Staniforth retains his sport.

There is one shuffle in the back row, with Michael Wells moved to the bench and captain Curtis Browning shifting to blindside flanker to make way for Patrick Sio at Number 8. Jack Dempsey remains at openside flanker.

Ben Meehan remains at starting scrumhalf, while Jake McIntyre moves to the bench, with Reece Hodge starting at flyhalf.

In the centres, Henry Taefu replaces Ulupano Seuteni to join Lalakai Foketi, who starts in his second game of the tournament.

The back three remains unchanged, with Alex Northam at blind wing, Harry Parker at open and Jonah Placid at fullback.

Thompson has chosen a five-three split on the bench. Hooker Andrew Ready is joined by 2012 Australian Under-20 props Pettowa Paraka and Allan Alaalatoa as front row replacements.

New South Wales Schools 2012 loose forward Ofiu Manukeu-Archibald and Patrick Sio, brother of Brumbies prop Scott, round out the forward replacements.

Backing up at scrumhalf is Waldo Wessels, who won a Bronze medal as part of Australia’s Youth Commonwealth Games Sevens side in 2011. He is joined by utility back Luke Burton, a former West Australian Schoolboys rep, and Queensland Schoolboys centre Henry Taefu.

Thompson said the team need to learn from their opening match against Ireland.

“The effort was great but we need to play a lot smarter.

“Obviously New Zealand are a good team with plenty of Super Rugby experience so we need to deny them time and space and play better field position,” Thompson said.

The Australian Under 20s face New Zealand on Monday 10 June at 4:45am (AEST).

The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1HD, with coverage starting at 4:30am.

All of Australia’s pool games are also available to stream live at www.irb.com.

Australian Under 20s v New Zealand

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Name

State

Club

1

Silatolu Latu

NSW

Sydney University

2

Maile Ngauamo

QLD

Sunnybank

3

Oliver Hoskins

WA

Cottesloe

4

Ofiu Manukeu-Archibald

NSW

West Harbour

5

Tom Staniforth

ACT

Royals

6

Curtis Browning (c)

QLD

University of Queensland

7

Jack Dempsey

NSW

Gordon

8

Patrick Sio

NSW

Northern Suburbs

9

Ben Meehan

QLD

Sunnybank

10

Reece Hodge

NSW

Manly

11

Alex Northam

NSW

Manly

12

Henry Taefu

QLD

Sunnybank

13

Lalakai Foketi

NSW

Manly

14

Harry Parker

QLD

University of Queensland

15

Jonah Placid

QLD

Easts

16

Andrew Ready

QLD

Easts

17

Phil Kite

QLD

GPS Old Boys

18

Allan Alaalatoa

NSW

Southern Districts

19

Michael Wells

NSW

Northern Suburbs

20

Mark Baldwin

NSW

Randwick

21

Waldo Wessels

NSW

Southern Districts

22

Jake McIntyre

NSW

Sunnybank

23

Luke Burton

WA

University RC WA

Australian Under-20 IRB Junior World Championship draw

Date

Opponent

Location

6 June, 2:45am (AEST)

V Ireland (L 19-15)

Stade de la Rabine in Vannes

10 June, 4:45am (AEST)

V New Zealand

Stade de la Rabine in Vannes

14 June, 4:45am (AEST)

V Fiji

Stade de la Rabine in Vannes

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