Barrett brother in junior All Blacks squad

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by Beth Newman

Australia just can’t escape the Barrett brothers, with youngest brother Jordie named in New Zealand’s U20s squad for next month’s Oceania Championships.

Jordie was part of the Kiwi side last year and since then has caught attention in Super Rugby, even eclipsing superstar brother Beauden in some outings.

The 20-year-old has been handed the vice-captaincy of the team to compete on the Gold Coast, against Australia, FIji and Samoa over two weeks in May.

New Zealand’s squad will be an experienced one, with nine players from last year’s World Championships included and 13 who have had U20s experience at some level in the past.

Coach Craig Philpott said it wasn't easy to whittle down the squad for the championships.

“Up to this point we have had 50 odd players at our previous training camps and we had to make some tough calls to whittle the squad down to 30,” he said.

“The camps highlighted we have good depth in most positions, and selections were particularly competitive in the loose forwards and outside backs, where a number of players will feel rightfully disappointed that they didn’t make the squad.  

“Oceania provides us a great opportunity to prepare for the Under 20 World Championship in Georgia in June, especially because both tournaments follow the same format.

“We will play three test matches in the space of 12 days, which is something many of the players won’t be used to.

“It is also an opportunity to get together as a team and get to know each other better, play and train together in a tournament environment and develop our team culture.”

One of last year’s junior Kiwi stars, Stephen Perofeta has not been included due to injury.

SQUAD

New Zealand U20s for Oceania U20s

Forwards    

Harrison Allan    - Canterbury

Asafo Aumua- Wellington             

Sam Caird - Waikato

Adrian Choat - Auckland        

Tom Christie - Canterbury        

Ryan Coxon - Waikato        

Tim Farrell - Hawkes Bay   

Alex Fidow - Wellington

Luke Jacobson © - Waikato

Ezekiel Lindenmuth - Auckland         

Marino Mikaele -Tuu - Hawkes Bay

Dalton Papalii - Auckland        

Jacob Pierce - Auckland                    

John (JP) Sauni - Auckland        

Samuel Slade - Auckland

Pouri Rakete-Stones - Hawkes Bay

Isaia Walker-Leawere - Wellington         

Backs  

Jordie Barrett (VC)- Taranaki

Caleb Clarke- Auckland     

Ereatara Enari - Canterbury            

Braydon Ennor- Canterbury         

Tima Faingaanuku -Tasman         

Tiaan Falcon- Hawkes Bay  

Will Jordan- Canterbury

Kemara Hauiti-Parapara - Wellington         

Orbyn Leger - Counties         

Josh McKay - Canterbury         

Jona Nareki - Otago         

Carlos Price - Wellington         

Tamati Tua - Northland

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