Junior Kiwis

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Junior Kiwis
Nickname New Zealand
Governing body NZRL
Region Oceania
Head coach Brent Gemmell
Captain Manaia Cherrington
Colours

The Junior Kiwis side represents New Zealand in the sport of rugby league. They are commonly known as the Junior Kiwis, after the native bird of that name. Since 2010, they are an under-20s side, with players selected from the NRL and Holden Cup. They are administered by the New Zealand Rugby League.

History[edit]

Prior to 2010, the Junior Kiwis consisted of the best New Zealand players aged 18 years or younger and would represent the country against the likes of the Australian Schoolboys, the New South Wales Under 18 side and the England Under 18 side, sometimes as curtain raisers to the senior Kiwi games. Players such as Adam Blair, Thomas Leuluai, Issac Luke, Simon Mannering, Jerome Ropati, Manu Vatuvei and Sonny Bill Williams represented the Junior Kiwis early in their careers and went on to play at the senior level for New Zealand.

In 2010, with the advent of the National Youth Competition, the Junior Kiwis was switched to an under 20s team and played in a two Test series against the Junior Kangaroos. Since 2011, the Junior Kiwis have faced the Junior Kangaroos at the end of each season in a one off Test match, usually as a curtain raiser to a senior level Australia-New Zealand Test match.

2010 series[edit]

1st Test[edit]

Played as a curtain raiser to the New Zealand-England Four Nations match.

23 October 2010
Junior Kiwis New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg 16 - 24 Australian colours.svg Junior Kangaroos
Tries
Siuatonga Likiliki 1
Drury Low 1
Shaun Johnson 1
Goals
Shaun Johnson 2
Report Tries
Dane Gagai 2
Michael Oldfield 1
Justin O'Neill 1
Cameron King 1
Goals
Cameron King 2

Teams
JUNIOR KIWIS: 1. Glen Fisiiahi 2. Bill Tupou 3. Siuatonga Likiliki 4. Dean Whare 5. Drury Low 6. Carlos Tuimavave 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Lama Tasi 9. Matt McIlwrick 10. Martin Taupau (c) 11. Jason Taumalolo 12. Mark Ioane 13. Sebastine Ikahihifo 14. Sam Mataora 15. Nafe Seluini 16. Sam Lousi 17. Isaac Maliota. Coach: David Kidwell.
JUNIOR KANGAROOS: 1. Dane Gagai 2. Michael Oldfield 3. Justin O'Neill 4. Ben Jones (c) 5. Josh Mansour 6. Corey Norman 7. Sam Williams 8. James Cunningham 9. Cameron King 10. Evrett Vaurasi 11. Mark Nicholls 12. Josh Jackson 13. Gerard Beale 14. Matthew Wright 15. Tariq Sims 16. Mark Appleton 17. Kyle O'Donnell. Coach: David Hamilton.

2nd Test[edit]

Played as a curtain raiser to the New Zealand-Papua New Guinea Four Nations match.

30 October 2010
Junior Kiwis New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg 36 - 20 Australian colours.svg Junior Kangaroos
Tries
Lama Tasi 1
Drury Low 1
Nafe Seluini 1
Martin Taupau 1
Siuatonga Likiliki 1
Carlos Tuimavave 1
Goals
Shaun Johnson 6
Report Tries
Michael Oldfield 1
Josh Jackson 1
Dane Gagai 1
Justin O'Neill 1
Goals
Cameron King 2

Teams
JUNIOR KIWIS: 1. Glen Fisiiahi 2. Bill Tupou 3. Siuatonga Likiliki 4. Drury Low 5. Kane Morgan 6. Carlos Tuimavave 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Mark Ioane 9. Matt McIlwrick 10. Martin Taupau (c) 11. Sam Mataora 12. Lama Tasi 13. Sebastine Ikahihifo 14. Nafe Seluini 15. Sam Lousi 16. Isaac Maliota 17. Pakisonasi Afu . Coach: David Kidwell.
JUNIOR KANGAROOS: 1. Dane Gagai 2. Michael Oldfield 3. Justin O'Neill 4. Ben Jones (c) 5. Nathan Massey 6. Corey Norman 7. Sam Williams 8. James Cunningham 9. Cameron King 10. Tariq Sims 11. Mark Nicholls 12. Josh Jackson 13. Gerard Beale 14. Dominic Walsh 15. Mark Appleton 16. Matthew Wright 17. Kyle O'Donnell. Coach: David Hamilton.

2011 match[edit]

Played as a curtain raiser to the Australia-New Zealand pre-Four Nations tournament match. Both coaches agreed to allow an 18th man be used during the match.

16 October 2011
Junior Kangaroos Australian colours.svg 16 – 28 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg Junior Kiwis
Tries
Dane Gagai 2
Stewart Mills 1
Kane Evans 1
Goals
Chad Townsend 2
Report Tries
Sebastine Ikahihifo 2
John Palavi 1
Michael Parker-Walshe 1
Wayne Ulugia 1
Goals
Siliva Havili 3
Sio Siua Taukeiaho 1
Junior Kiwis
2011 team Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain


2012 match[edit]

Played as a curtain raiser to the Australia-New Zealand end of year Test match.

13 October 2012
Junior Kangaroos Australian colours.svg 48 – 16 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg Junior Kiwis
Tries
Edrick Lee 2
Jack Wighton 2
Cheyse Blair 1
Tautau Moga 1
David Klemmer 1
Mahe Fonua 1
Jack Stockwell 1
Goals
Jacob Miller 6
Report Tries
Ngataua Hukatai 2
David Fusitua 1
Carlos Tuimavave 1
Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville, Australia
Referee/s: Gavin Reynolds
Junior Kiwis
2012 team Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain


2013 match[edit]

13 October 2012
Junior Kangaroos Australian colours.svg 38 – 26 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg Junior Kiwis
Tries
Patrick Mago 2
Vai Toutai 1
Junior Paulo 1
David Nofoaluma 1
Charly Runciman 1
Mitch Cornish 1
Goals
Bryce Cartwright 5
Report Tries
Kurtis Rowe 2
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2
Raymond Faitala-Mariner 1
Goals
Mason Lino 3
Junior Kiwis
2013 team Coaching staff
  • 14 Panthers colours.svg Mitch Clark - PR
  • 15 Canterbury colours.svg David Minute - PR
  • 16 Parramatta colours.svg Zach Dockar-Clay - HK
  • 17 Parramatta colours.svg Takai Moeakiola - SR

Head coach

  • Brent Gemmell



Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain


2014 match[edit]

18 October 2014
Junior Kiwis New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg 15 - 14 Australian colours.svg Junior Kangaroos
Tries
Sam Manuleleua 1
Kodi Nikorima 1
Chance Peni 1
Goals
Zach Dockar-Clay 1
Field Goals
Te Maire Martin 1
Report Tries
Valentine Holmes 2
Jake Mamo 1
Goals
Clinton Gutherson 1
Junior Kiwis
2014 team Coaching staff
  •  1 Brisbane colours.svg Kodi Nikorima - FB
  •  2 Newcastle colours.svg Chance Peni - WG
  •  3 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Taane Milne - CE
  •  4 Wests Tigers colours.svg Watson Heleta - CE
  •  5 South Sydney colours.svg Sam Manuleleua - WG
  •  6 Wests Tigers colours.svg Te Maire Martin - FE
  •  7 Parramatta colours.svg Zach Dockar-Clay - HB
  •  8 New Zealand colours.svg Sam Lisone - PR
  •  9 Wests Tigers colours.svg Manaia Cherrington (c) - HK
  • 10 St. George colours.svg Addin Fonua-Blake - PR
  • 11 Newcastle colours.svg Joseph Tapine - SR
  • 12 Melbourne colours.svg Nelson Asofa-Solomona - SR
  • 13 Parramatta colours.svg Josh Aloiai - LK
  • 14 Newcastle colours.svg Danny Levi - HK
  • 15 Wests Tigers colours.svg Lamar Liolevave - SR
  • 16 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Braden Uele - PR
  • 17 New Zealand colours.svg Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard - SR

Head coach

  • Brent Gemmell



Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain


Players[edit]

Captains[edit]

Coaches[edit]

  • David Kidwell 2010-2011
  • John Ackland 2012
  • Brent Gemmell 2013–present

See also[edit]

External links[edit]