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
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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

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  •  im1
    im1

    "their is talk of suggesting tackling should be banned at school level" Yes, there is, but its relatively small and not from anyone with an opinion that is worth paying attention to. Rugby does need to address the issue of injuries, particulary concussions etc, but they are certainly doing that at the moment. Regarding these videos, why do we alway seem to want to w*** over the highlights reels of schoolboy rugby. Some of the players are always going to look frighteningly large and talented becasue they are playing against other school boys at age group level. So when they get 4-5 years older and they are playing against the best players accross a number of age groups around them, they suddenly don't look quite as good.

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  •  drg
    drg

    Fortunately this isn't cause for concern, in the UK I hear their is talk of suggesting tackling should be banned at school level.... This will leave the British players 100% fresh for action when they reach 18! Whereas the AB's by that time will be partially worn out and ready for the scrap heap! It will be a slaughter! #glitterwillbethrown!!!

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