Two Super 14 players and six more from Air NZ Cup level have been included in the New Zealand under-20 rugby team named today to contest the junior world championship in Japan in June.
The 26-man squad includes Hurricanes winger Zac Guildford and Blues midfield back Winston Stanley.
Additional Air NZ Cup players are Southland's Robbie Robinson, Manawatu teammates Aaron Cruden and Ma'afu Fia, North Harbour duo Nafi Tuitavake and Ken Pisi and Wellington's Buxton Popoali'i.
New Zealand coach Dave Rennie said the squad had a huge amount of talent as he set about retaining the inaugural title won last year in Wales.
Squad: Trent Boswell-Wakefield (Hawke's Bay), Hamish Cochrane (Tasman), Aaron Cruden (Manawatu), Elliot Dixon (Canterbury), Shahn Eru (Wellington), Daniel Faleafa (Auckland), Ma'afu Fia (Manawatu), Zac Guildford (Hawke's Bay), Bernie Hall (Canterbury), Willie Ioane (Manawatu), Brayden Mitchell (Southland), Brendon O'Connor (Canterbury), Ken Pisi (North Harbour), Buxton Popoali'i (Wellington), Leighton Price (Hawke's Bay), Robbie Robinson (Southland), Alex Ryan (Southland), Teddy Stanaway (Auckland), Winston Stanley (Auckland), Latu Talakai (Waikato), Shae Tamati (Hawke's Bay), Tom Taylor (Canterbury), Shaun Treeby (Wellington), Gauefa Tuigamala (North Harbour), Nafi Tuitavake (North Harbour), Frae Wilson (Wellington).
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