NYC back-rower Renouf To'Omaga has been chosen in the Junior Kiwis side that will play the Junior Kangaroos on Friday night in Brisbane.
After their dramatic 15-14 win over Australia last year, Junior Kiwis coach Kelvin Wright has the luxury of naming eight returning players for next Saturday’s encounter at Gold Coast’s Cbus Stadium, part of an international tripleheader.
“At under-20s, you don’t get much continuity, because they’re getting older and moving on so often,” says Wright. “So it’s great that we have managed to bring so many back that have performed at this level before.
“But we’re expecting another extremely tough game … it’s always that.”
The full NZ Junior Kiwis squad for their showdown with the Junior Kangaroos is Bunty Afoa (NZ Warriors), Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Melbourne Storm), Zach Dockar-Clay (Parramatta Eels), James Fisher-Harris (Penrith Panthers), Watson Heleta (Wests Tigers), Jamayne Isaako (Cronulla Sharks), Sione Katoa (Penrith Panthers), Daniel Levi (Newcastle Knights), Lamar Liolevave (Wests Tigers), Joseph Manu (Sydney Roosters), Te Maire Martin (Wests Tigers), Taane Milne (Sydney Roosters), Marata Niukore (NZ Warriors), Toafofoa Sipley (N Warriors), Jazz Tevaga (NZ Warriors), Renouf To’omaga (Canterbury Bulldogs), Tony Tumusa (Melbourne Storm) and Braden Uele (North Queensland Cowboys).
JUNIOR KANGAROOS SQUAD
Young NRL prospects including Jackson Hastings (Sydney Roosters), Euan Aitken (St George Illawarra), Valentine Holmes (Cronulla Sharks) and Robert Jennings (Penrith Panthers) have been selected to play in the Junior Kangaroos squad to face their Kiwi counterparts on Saturday night at Gold Coast's Cbus Super Stadium.
The Junior Kangaroos will play the Junior Kiwis in the curtain-raiser to the Pacific Test Double Header on Saturday, May 2.
The squad, which will be coached by Justin Holbrook, will assemble on the Gold Coast tomorrow, April 27.
|2015 Junior Kangaroos|
|1||Jackson Hastings||Sydney Roosters|
|2||Brenko Lee||Canberra Raiders|
|3||Robert Jennings||Penrith Panthers|
|4||Euan Aitken||St George Illawarra Dragons|
|5||Valentine Holmes||Cronulla Sharks|
|6||Drew Hutchison||St George Illawarra Dragons|
|7||Ashley Taylor||Brisbane Broncos|
|8||Joe Ofahengaue||Brisbane Broncos|
|9||Jayden Berrell||Brisbane Broncos|
|10||Matthew Lodge||Wests Tigers|
|11||Coen Hess||Nth Qld Cowboys|
|12||Tepai Moeroa||Parramatta Eels|
|13||Tevita Pangai Junior||Canberra Raiders|
|14||Tyrell Fuimaono||Parramatta Eels|
|15||Salesi Funaki||Wests Tigers|
|16||Jayden Nikorima||Brisbane Broncos|
|17||Alex Twal||Parramatta Eels|
|18||Jai Arrow||Brisbane Broncos|
|Coach||Justin Holbrook||Sydney Roosters|