New Zealand Under 20 Head Coach Craig Philpott has named his side to face France in their semi-final at the World Rugby Under 20 World Championships in Georgia, on Wednesday 4.30am NZT.
England take on South Africa in the other semi-final.
The team is:
1.Ezekiel Lindenmuth - Auckland
2.Asafo Aumua - Wellington
3.Pouri Rakete-Stones - Hawke's Bay
4.Isaia Walker-Leawere - Wellington
5.Sam Slade - Auckland
6.Luke Jacobson (C) - Waikato
7.Dalton Papalii - Auckland
8.Marino Mikaele-Tuu - Hawke's Bay
9.Ereatara Enari (VC) - Canterbury
10.Tiaan Falcon - Hawke's Bay
11.Caleb Clarke - Auckland
12.Orbyn Leger - Counties Manukau
13.Braydon Ennor - Canterbury
14.Tima Faingaanuku - Tasman
15.Will Jordan - Tasman
16.JP Sauni - Auckland
17.Harrison Allan - Canterbury
18.Alex Fidow - Wellington
19.Sam Caird - Waikato
20.Tom Christie - Canterbury
21.Kemara Hauiti-Parapara - Wellington
22.Tamati Tua - Northland
23.Josh McKay - Canterbury
New Zealand Under 20 Head Coach Craig Philpott said they have selected their strongest team to take on France.
“From what we have seen of France they are big and powerful, plus they have a very good 9 and 10 combination which we will have to shut down.
“It’s our first game in Tbilisi and we hope to replicate the exciting brand of footy we played in Kutaisi during the pool stages, in the playoff matches.
“We look forward to seeing Dalton Papalii return from injury to take his place on the side of the scrum. He played well in the first match and we expect him to do so again in this match.”
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