Ngatai, Savea headline NZ U-20 team

Last updated 14:32 28/04/2010

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Wellington backs Charlie Ngatai and Julian Savea headline a New Zealand under-20 squad announced today for June's world junior rugby championship in Argentina.

Ngatai plays for Wellington in the national championship while Savea has been a member of the national sevens team under Gordon Tietjens.

Waikato halfback and Chiefs wider training squad member Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Canterbury's Luke Whitelock - younger brother of current Crusaders Adam, Sam and George - was also named in the team.

Whitelock, a forward, recently returned from a gap year in Britain. He has represented New Zealand at under-17 and schools level.

Manawatu prop Willie Ioane is the only returning player from the winning last year's championship winning squad.

Coach Dave Rennie said he was pleased with the squad and looked forward to preparing for Argentina as New Zealand sought a third straight title, having won in Wales and Japan.

"We had two trial matches and the selection process has been very thorough. We we are happy with the make-up of the squad and looking forward to the challenges ahead in Argentina," Rennie said.

The squad will remain in camp at the Sport and Rugby Institute in Palmerston North until tomorrow and will re-assemble at the Millennium Institute in Auckland from May 25-30.

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