Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Thursday Sep 28, 2017

New Zealand's monstrous schoolboys look ready to cause some damage

New Zealand's monstrous schoolboys look ready to cause some damage

While the All Blacks show incredible form in the Rugby Championship, the next batch of stars are already making names for themselves, despite still being in school. Ahead of their upcoming internationals, here is a look at some of those players to watch out for.

The New Zealand Schools and New Zealand Schools Barbarians kick off their 2017 campaigns this week, with matches against Fiji Schools and Tonga Schools respectively.*RESULTS UPDATE BELOW

New Zealand Schools side will face the Australian and Fijian Schools teams in a series that kicks off on October 2nd, so will no doubt be firing on all cylinders by then.

Here is a look at a potential starting XV to face Australia on October 7th, with the backs in particular standing out for their potency, with one or two names you may have already heard of.

BACKLINE

New Zealand are always expected to bring a strong line-up at schoolboy level. It’s widely regarded as the foundation for their success in senior Test rugby. This year will be no different, and their backline in particular looks monstrous.

With most already aligned or signed with professional academies, this could be a special year for the side. Here is a short highlight reel, which includes a look at the younger brother of an All Black.

FORWARDS

The forwards are an equally daunting prospect. The frighteningly large and talented group of youngsters will take confidence into their contests, particularly against Australia, who they have not lost to at this level in the last five seasons.

Professional rugby will not be far off for a lot of these boys, so don’t be surprised if you see them turning out for your favourite Super Rugby sides soon.

NEW ZEALAND SCHOOLS TEAM vs. FIJI SCHOOLS:

1. Tamaiti Williams (St Kentigern College), 2. Sam Cooper (St Paul’s Collegiate, Hamilton), 3. Josiah Tavita-Metcalfe (Hastings Boys’ High School), 4. Naitoa Ah Kuoi (Wellington College), 5. Tupou Vaa’I (Wesley College), 6. Charles Alaimalo (Hamilton Boys’ High School), 7. Jeriah Mua (Hastings Boys’ High School), 8. Devan Flanders (Hastings Boys’ High School), 9. Taufa Funaki (Sacred Heart College, Auckland), 10. Rivez Reihana (St Kentigern College), 11. Leicester Faingaanuku (Nelson College), 12. Quinn Tupaea (Hamilton Boys High School) *CAPTAIN, 13. Tauterangimarie Kapea (Hamilton Boys’ High School), 14. Kini Naholo (Hastings Boys’ High School), 15. Etene Nanai (St Kentigern College)

Replacements: 16. Abraham Pole (Otago Boys’ High School), 17. Fatongia Paea (Sacred Heart College, Auckland), 18. George Dyer (St Paul’s Collegiate, Hamilton), 19. Quade Tapsell (Gisborne Boys’ High School), 20. Josh Southall (St Patrick’s College – Silverstream), 21. Humphrey Sheild (Napier Boys’ High School), 22. Lincoln McClutchie (Hastings Boys’ High School), 23. Isaiah Punivai (Christs College) 

The Australia Schools team will host New Zealand Schools before the Greater Sydney Rams play Fiji Drua in the round five National Rugby Championship on the 7th. Australian Schools Barbarians v Fiji Schools takes place before that.

*SCORES UPDATE 29/09/2017:
New Zealand Schools beat Fiji Schools 54-7, while New Zealand Schools Barbarians beat Tonga Schools 33-19.

FIXTURES:

Monday 2 October, Knox Grammar School
– Australian Schools Barbarians v New Zealand Schoolboys, 1.00pm AEST
– Australia Schools v Fiji Schools, 3.00pm AEST

Saturday 7 October, TG Milner, Eastwood  
– Australian Schools Barbarians v Fiji Schools, 11.00am AEST
– Australia Schools v New Zealand Schools, 12.50pm AEST

Coach Jason Holland previews the tournament, and talks about how exciting it is to work with such a talented group of young players.

credit: rugbypass/allblacks

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens...

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another...

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Aaron Smith left red faced as speedy opposite number steals a bullet behind the line

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Every Louis Rees-Zammit try in the Premiership so far

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Toulouse run the length to score awesome late try in Top 14 classic

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Wallabies legend Ashley-Cooper shows class in MLR with cheeky shoulder pass

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Hogg collects his own 60-metre spiral kick to score amazing solo try

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 22 HOURS AGO

    Du Preez explains thought process after dominating prop in tip tackle that went wrong

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Prop suspended for 3 weeks after flying shoulder makes contact square in the face

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Aaron Smith's captain's referral turned down after swinging arm collision

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: 19-year-old is barely a speed bump for fearsome Fijian number eight

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: South African sevens icon Afrika done for clear cheating on Robshaw MLR debut

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: JP Doyle puts MLR players in their place with authoritative return to refereeing

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    The most iconic pieces of rugby commentary in brilliant 7-minute montage

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    'It's part of our culture' says Haka performing South African university team

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Petrus du Plessis video of son's dominant scrum shows signs of potential future star

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Over $450 million loss for South Africa's economy if the Lions tour happens without fans

View All

Funnies

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: JP Doyle puts MLR players in their place with authoritative return to refereeing

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Comedy gold as close range 'falcon' gifts Brumbies try in Super Rugby AU match

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Lions coaching staff announcement elicits some amused responses from fans

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Comedy gold as Toronto lock attempts clearance kick in MLR match featuring Matt Giteau and Adam Ashley-Cooper

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: 135kg prop lines up swan dive from 20 metres out... then re-thinks

View All

Amateur

  • 24 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 61 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 62 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 62 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 62 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 21 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 21 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

View All
New Zealand's monstrous schoolboys look ready to cause some damage | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos