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Forwards brace for Irish clash

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/06/2016

Defending champions New Zealand will field an unchanged forward pack for their match against Ireland at the junior world rugby championship in Manchester on Sunday (NZT).

Coach Scott Robertson has opted to stick with the combination which performed so well in their opening 55-0 win over Georgia.

"We haven't got too much time to make too many changes as a group," Robertson said.

"There's got to be subtle moves and slights tweaks to structures, but you have to have some rotation, you can't play five games in a row because of the fatigue factor."

Robertson's tweaks come in the backs, where halfback Sam Nock will form a new combination with Stephen Perofeta at first-five, replacing TJ Va'a who drops to the bench.

Shaun Stevenson switches from fullback to the right wing to accommodate Jordan Trainor's first appearance, while Malo Tuitama completes the back three after coming on as a replacement and touching down in the opening game.

New Zealand: Jordan Trainor, Shaun Stevenson, Patelesio Tomkinson, Jordie Barrett, Malo Tuitama, Stephen Perofeta, Sam Nock, Marino Mikaele-Tu'u, Mitchell Jacobson, Luke Jacobson, Isaia Walker Leawere, Quinten Strange, Sosefo Kautai, Leni Apisai (captain), Ayden Johnstone.

Reserves: Asafo Aumua, Sean Paranihi, Alex Fidow, Hamish Dalzell, Dalton Papali'i, Jonathan Taumateine, TJ Va'a, Jonah Lowe.

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