Off to Italy

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

Three Pon­sonby rugby play­ers have been named in the New Zealand Un­der-20 team for next month’s World Rugby Un­der-20 Cham­pi­onship. Blake Gibson, Akira Ioane and Vin­cent Tavae-Aso join five other Auck­land play­ers head­ing for the tour­na­ment in Italy. The three will be re­leased from their Su­per Rugby du­ties to join the squad. Three fur­ther play­ers in the squad, Jack and Josh Good­hue and Nathaniel Apa, were also schooled in Auck­land. Head coach Scott Robert­son with as­sis­tant coaches Leon MacDon­ald and Tana Umaga con­firmed their fi­nal se­lec­tions af­ter win­ning all their matches at the Ocea­nia Rugby Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship in Australia last week. The cham­pi­onship kicks off on June 2.

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