2019 Australian Schoolboys vs Junior Kiwis team lists

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Junior Roos win in a thriller

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The victorious 2015 Junior Kangaroos

The Junior Kangaroos have reclaimed bragging rights over their Trans-Tasman rivals, holding on to win by two points in this afternoon’s junior Test match.

Tepai Moeroa was named man of the match, after setting up the Kangaroos’ first try and then scoring the match winner himself in the last 20 minutes.

Junior Kangaroos 22 (Valentine Holmes, Brenko Lee, Robert Jennings, Tepai Moeroa tries; Jackson Hastings 2/3 goals, Holmes 1/1 goal, Ashley Taylor 0/1 goals) def. Junior Kiwis 20 (Watson Heleta, Joseph Manu, Te Maire Martin, Tony Tumusa tries; Zach Dockar-Clay 2/4 goals) at Cbus Super Stadium.

View full match report here

 

Match Preview: Junior Kangaroos v Junior Kiwis

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JUNIOR KANGAROOS v JUNIOR KIWIS
Cbus Super Stadium
Saturday May 2
Live on FOX Sports 1, 3pm AEST

The first of three Test matches on Saturday afternoon, these two sides will look to start the day off in style.

The Junior Kangaroos have named a formidable side that includes eight players who have played in the NRL, while the Junior Kiwis only have two players with NRL experience.

Although what the Kiwis lack in first grade experience, they make up in Junior Test experience, with eight players returning from last year’s Junior Test victory.

Last Time They Met: Junior Kiwis 15-14 Junior Kangaroos. Last year’s Junior Test match was a fiery encounter before a ball was even kicked. The two sides memorably came face to face during the Junior Kiwis’ haka before battling it out in wet conditions in Auckland. The Kiwis came away with a 1-point victory thanks to a Te Maire Martin field goal.

Keep An Eye On (Kangaroos): Jayden Nikorima (Broncos). Coming off the bench in last year’s NYC Grand Final, Jayden Nikorima almost single-handedly won the Broncos the game. One of the most highly rated juniors in the game, Nikorima can play anywhere from centre to five-eighth to hooker and will give the Kangaroos plenty of spark off the interchange.  

 Keep An Eye On (Kiwis): James Fisher-Harris (Panthers). A hard running forward who idolizes Ruben Wiki, James Fisher-Harris can play anywhere in the forward pack. Just 19, Fisher-Harris has played up in the NSW Cup for Penrith this season, showing how highly thought of he is at the foot of the mountains.

Key Matchup: The forward packs. Rather than target two players, I think the most intriguing matchup will be in the middle. Nelson Asofa-Solomona will lead from the front for the Kiwis. The 200cm giant is coming off his NRL debut just last weekend, while Braden Uele, a Rooster in 2014, has been in superb form for the Cowboys NYC side this season. On the other side of the field, the three forwards in the Australian pack with NRL experience, Joe Ofahengaue, Matt Lodge and Tepai Moeroa, will look to set an example for the Kangaroos. The forward battle is where the game will be won.

History: Since 2010, when the Junior Tests switched to an U20 format, these two teams have met six times, with both teams winning 3 games. After two big wins by the Kangaroos, the Kiwis reclaimed bragging rights last year, winning their first Junior Test since 2011.

Making the Step Up: Four former Junior Roos (Boyd Cordner, Josh Jackson, David Klemmer and Josh Mansour) have made the step up to Australia’s national team, while Gerard Beale, a Junior Kangaroo in 2010, has gone on to represent New Zealand.

Eight former Junior Kiwis (Tohu Harris, Siliva Havili, Peta Hiku, Shaun Johnson, Jason Taumalolo, Martin Taupau, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Dean Whare) have gone on to play for New Zealand, while Josh Papalii, a Junior Kiwi in 2011, has represented Australia.

Who Wins It: It’s hard to go past this Junior Kangaroos side. One of the strongest named in the past few years, I see it going the way of the green and gold. Junior Kangaroos 1-12.

Stats to Know
Most Games: 4 Carlos Tuimavave (Kiwis), 3 Dane Gagai, Josh Jackson, Cameron King (Kangaroos)
Most Tries: 4 Dane Gagai (Kangaroos)
Most Goals: 8 Shaun Johnson (Kiwis), 6 Jacob Miller (Kangaroos)
Most Points: 20 Shaun Johnson (Kiwis), 16 Dane Gagai (Kangaroos),
Most Field Goals: 1 Te Maire Martin (Kiwis)

Junior Kiwis side announced

Zach Dockar-Clay (Source: Renee McKay/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Zach Dockar-Clay (Source: Renee McKay/Getty Images AsiaPac)

The Junior Kiwis side has been announced for their upcoming match against the Junior Kangaroos. The 18-man squad includes two players with NRL experience and seven players who played in last year’s fixture. The side will be coached by Warriors NYC coach Kelvin Wright.

The match takes place on Saturday, May 2, at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast.

Bunty AFOA (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)
Danny LEVI (Newcastle Knights)
Lamar LIOLEVAVE (Wests Tigers)
Joseph MANU (Sydney Roosters)
Te Maire MARTIN (Wests Tigers)
Taane MILNE (Sydney Roosters)
Marata NIUKORE (Warriors)
Toafofoa SIPLEY (Warriors)
Jazz TEVAGA (Warriors)
Renouf TO’OMAGA (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Tony TUMUSA (Melbourne Storm)
Braden UELE (North Queensland Cowboys)

Coach: Kelvin WRIGHT (Warriors)

Junior Kiwis v Junior Kangaroos preview

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David Nofoaluma playing for the Junior Kangaroos in 2013 (Photo: Gregg Porteous)


Junior Kiwis v Junior Kangaroos
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
Live in New Zealand on Sky Sport 2, 7:00pm

Live in Australia on Fox Sports 2 (Press red), 5:00pm (NSW)/4:00pm (Qld)

The Junior Kangaroos will be aiming for their third straight victory over the Junior Kiwis, as they venture to New Zealand for the first time since 2010.

When the sides last met in New Zealand, they played a two game series, with both teams grabbing a victory.

On Saturday night, the Kangaroos will head into the clash as favourites, with 9 of their 18 man squad playing first grade in 2014. On the other side, second rower Joseph Tapine is the only Junior Kiwi to play in the NRL.

Last year, the Junior Kangaroos fought back from 10 points down to defeat the Junior Kiwis 38-26 in Sydney. Patrick Mago and Willis Meehan are the only returning players for the Kangaroos, while Manaia Cherrington, Zach Dockar-Clay and Tapine.

Team lists
Junior Kiwis: (in alphabetical order) Josh Ailoai (Eels), Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Storm), Manaia Cherrington (captain) (Tigers), Zach Docker-Clay (Eels), Addin Fonua-Blake (Dragons), Watson Heleta (Tigers), Sione Katoa (Panthers), Danny Levi (Knights), Lamar Liolevave (Tigers), Sam Lisone (Warriors), Sam Manulelua (Rabbitohs), Te Maire Martin (Tigers), Taane Milne (Roosters), Kodi Nikorima (Broncos), Chance Peni (Knights), Joseph Tapine (Knights), Adam Tuimavave-Gerard (Warriors), Braden Uele (Roosters). Coach: Brent Gemmell.

Junior Kangaroos: Clint Gutherson (Sea Eagles), Valentine Holmes (Sharks), Jack Bird (Dragons), Euan Aitken (Dragons), Jake Mamo (Knights), Drew Hutchison (Dragons), Ryan Matterson (Eels), Matthew Lodge (Wests Tigers), Cameron McInnes (captain) (Rabbitohs), Joe Ofahengaue (Broncos), Patrick Mago (Raiders), Tevita Pangai (Raiders), Kelepi Tanginoa (Eels). Interchange: Brett Greinke (Broncos), Willis Meehan (Roosters), Cameron Munster (Storm), Andy Saunders (Panthers), Jackson Hastings (Roosters). Coach: Kelly Egan.

Junior Kiwis side named

Sam Lisone (Photo: Photosport)
Sam Lisone (Photo: Photosport)

The following players have been named to play for the Junior Kiwis in their match against the Junior Kangaroos this month.

The match will be played on Saturday, October 18 at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland.

Junior Kiwis: Josh Ailoai (Parramatta Eels), Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Melbourne Storm), Manaia Cherrington (Wests Tigers), Zach Docker-Clay (Parramatta Eels), Addin Fonua-Blake (St George Illawarra Dragons), Watson Heleta (Wests Tigers), Sione Katoa (Penrith Panthers), Danny Levi (Newcastle Knights), Lamar Liolevave (Wests Tigers), Sam Lisone (Vodafone Warriors), Sam Manulelua (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Te Maire Martin (Wests Tigers), Taane Milne (Sydney Roosters), Kodi Nikorima (Brisbane Broncos), Chance Peni (Newcastle Knights), Joseph Tapine (Newcastle Knights), Adam Tuimavave-Gerard (Vodafone Warriors), Braden Uele (Sydney Roosters)

Coach: Brent Gemmell

Assistant coach: Kelvin Wright