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Changes forced on NZ U20 team at worlds

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/06/2017

Hawke's Bay prop Tim Farrell has been ruled out of the remainder of the under-20 world championship in Georgia, in a blow to New Zealand's campaign.

Coach Craig Philpott revealed an ankle injury suffered in the opening 42-20 win over Scotland left no chance for Farrell to be fit to play again in Georgia.

He has been replaced by Canterbury's Harrison Allan, who is on the reserves bench for their second pool match against Italy on Sunday.

The Italians also opened the tournament with a win, upsetting Ireland.

Philpott has made numerous changes for the match, including the demotion of Tima Faingaanuku to the bench despite the winger's three tries against Scotland.

"It gives a number of players an opportunity to put their hand up and play well in this match so they can be a factor later in the tournament," Philpott said.

"Italy had a great result against Ireland in their first match, coming away with the win. We will treat them with a lot of respect."

NZ under-20: Will Jordan, Jona Nareki, Braydon Ennor, Orbyn Leger, Caleb Clarke, Tiaan Falcon, Kemara Hauiti-Parapara, Marino Mikaele Tuu, Adrian Choat, Luke Jacobson, Sam Caird, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Pouri Rakete-Stones, John Sauni, Ezekiel Lindenmuth. Reserves: Alex Fidow, Harrison Allan, Ryan Coxon, Jacob Pierce, Tom Christie, Ereatara Enari, Tamati Tua, Tima Faingaanuku.

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