Then there were 50.
A group of the country’s leading players have been invited to attend the New Zealand Under 20 development camp in Palmerston North in December.
Players selected to attend the camp from 3-8 December are listed below.
Players unavailable for selection due to Super Rugby and Sevens commitments are: Etene Nanai-Seturo (Counties Manukau), Kaleb Trask (Bay of Plenty), Leicester Faingaanuku (Tasman), Billy Proctor (Wellington), Caleb Clarke (Auckland), Scott Gregory (Northland) and Jeriah Mua (Bay of Plenty)
The 50 players have been selected from the National Provincial Championship, the Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19 tournament and New Zealand Secondary Schools team.
After December’s camp players will return to their provincial unions with many set to be involved with Super Rugby development or age grade programmes.
Players will reassemble in March before a squad of up to 32 players will be selected to play in the Oceania Championship in Australia in April.
The final squad for the World Rugby U20 Championship, to be played in Argentina, will be named in May.
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