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NZ make two changes for final U20 match

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/06/2016

New Zealand have made two starting changes for their last game at the junior world championship in Manchester, a play-off for fifth place against Australia.

Both changes for Saturday's game are to the forward pack which helped crush Wales 71-12 in a classification game on Wednesday.

Prop Ayden Johnstone replaces Sean Paranihi while Marino Mikaele-Tu'u reclaims the No.8 jersey from Hapakuki Moala Liava'a.

Defending champions New Zealand failed to qualify for the semi-finals at the under-20 tournament after losing to Ireland in the group phase.

Ireland and England will meet in the final.

Shaun Stevenson, Caleb Makene, Patelesio Tomkinson, Jordie Barrett, Jonah Lowe, Stephen Perofeta, Sam Nock, Marino Mikaele-Tu'u, Mitchell Jacobson, Luke Jacobson, Hamish Dalzell, Quinten Strange, Sosefo Kautai, Leni Apisai (capt), Ayden Johnstone. Reserves: Asafo Aumua, Sean Paranihi, Alex Fidow, Hapakuki Moala Liavaa, Jonathan Taumateine, TJ Va'a, Peter Umaga Jensen.

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