NZ Schools and Barbarians Schools teams named for international games

The 2015 New Zealand Schools and Barbarians Schools squads have been named today by All Blacks legend and New Zealand Barbarians President Bryan Williams and New Zealand Secondary Schools Rugby Council Chairman Garry Chronican. 

The two teams will face off against one another in Palmerston North on Saturday before New Zealand Schools departs for a three match international series in Australia.

The series will be played at various venues across Brisbane between Thursday September 24 to Friday 2 October. New Zealand schools will take on Samoa Schools, Australia Schools and Australia Schools Barbarians.

The New Zealand Schools team is as followed:

New Zealand Schools Coach Dave Hewett said he was pleased with the mix of experience and ability in the squad.

“This year the calibre of talent across the College XV programme was particularly high, with consistent performances throughout making for the final selection for the team pretty difficult - which is what you want. 

The New Zealand Barbarians Schools team:

New Zealand Barbarians Coach Darren Larsen said the squad had all the attributes required to make them a competitive side this weekend – but also into the future.
“I’m really excited about the group of players we have selected as I think that combined, they make a squad with the right mix of x-factor and toughness.

Below are the New Zealand Schools and New Zealand Barbarians Schools match information:

Date: Saturday 19 September
NZ Schools v NZ Barbarians Schools
Venue: Palmerston North Boys’ High School
Time: 12.30pm

Date: Thursday 24 September
Who: NZ Schools v Samoa Schools
Venue: Sunnybank RFC, Brisbane
Time: 1pm local; 3pm NZ

Date: Monday 28 September
Who: NZ Schools v Australian Barbarians Schools
Venue: St Joseph’s College, Brisbane
Time: 6pm local; 8pm NZ

Date: Friday 2 October
Who: NZ Schools v Australia Schools
Venue: Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane
Time: 6pm local; 8pm NZ