Under 20’s named to face the Hurricanes

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The University of Waikato Chiefs Under 20’s have been named to play the Hurricanes Under 20’s at FMG Stadium Waikato as a curtain raiser to the Gallagher Chiefs versus Sunwolves match.

Kicking off at 5.00pm the University of Waikato Under 20’s will again be on the hunt to deliver another comprehensive performance tomorrow evening.

The University of Waikato Chiefs Under 20’s last week sealed a 27-24 win over their northern rivals the Blues Under 20’s in a competitive and physical encounter.

Four changes to the starting fifteen will all feature in the forward pack. Loosehead prop Wesley Tapueluleu moves from the bench to start in jersey number one.

Gallagher Chiefs lock Fin Hoeata will combine with University of Waikato captain Tupou Vai’i in a tidy locking combination. Peni Finau moves to blindside with Jeriah Mua starting at openside flanker.

Other new additions in the 25 man squad include Bay of Plenty props Jonas Pomare and Benet Kumeroa in this week as cover alongside Gallagher Chiefs Luke Jacobson and Bay of Plenty midfielder Dennon Robinson.

University of Waikato Chiefs Under 20’s:

  1. Wesley Tapueluleu (Waikato)
  2. Sam Cooper (Waikato)
  3. George Dyer (Waikato)
  4. Fin Hoeata (Taranaki)
  5. Tupou Vai’i (Taranaki) ©
  6. Peni Finau (Waikato)
  7. Jeriah Mua (Bay of Plenty)
  8. Kaylum Boshier (Taranaki)
  9. Leroy Carter (Bay of Plenty)
  10. Rivez Reihana (Waikato)
  11. Valynce Te Whare Crosby (Waikato)
  12. Lalomilo Lalomilo (Bay of Plenty)
  13. Quinn Tupaea (Waikato)
  14. Taniela Filimone (Bay of Plenty)
  15. Emoni Narawa (Bay of Plenty)


  1. Zuriel Tongamata (Counties Manukau)
  2. Jonas Pomare (Bay of Plenty)
  3. Benet Kumeroa (Bay of Plenty)
  4. James Thompson (Waikato)
  5. Luke Jacobson (Waikato)
  6. Kohan Herbert (Bay of Plenty)
  7. Jesse Pascoe (Counties Manukau)
  8. Dennon Robinson (Bay of Plenty)
  9. Jayjay Suemai (Bay of Plenty)
  10. Cole Forbes (Bay of Plenty)


University of Waikato Chiefs Under 20’s Management:

Head Coach: Andrew Strawbridge

Coach: Paul Williams

Coach: Sam Moore

Coach: Nathan White

Manager: Paul Galetta

Trainer: Luke Vasu

Video Analyst: Mark Roberts

Physio: Kyle Turvey


Sunday 2nd March: University of Waikato Chiefs Under 20’s vs. Hurricanes Under 20’s, FMG Stadium Waikato, 5.00pm

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