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NZ learn foes at U19 basketball World Cup

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/02/2017

European champions France and South Korea will be two of New Zealand's pool opponents at the under-19 men's Basketball World Cup in Egypt.

World body FIBA made the draw in Cairo, sending the Junior Tall Blacks into a pool which is still to be finalised.

Brazil have been replaced at the 16-nation event in July because its federation has failed to meet certain FIBA governance requirements.

Another team from the Americas region will complete group A.

New Zealand booked a maiden appearance at the tournament by upsetting Australia in the final of the Oceania under-18 championship in Suva in December.

France won the powerful European under-18 championship while South Korea finished third in the Asian equivalent tournament.

New Zealand will open their campaign against Korea on July 1.

The play-off phase is from July 5-9.

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