Australian Schools name full strength side to play New Zealand Schools

Australian Schools coach Pat Langtry has named a full strength side to play New Zealand Schools at TG Millner Field in Sydney tomorrow.

Langtry has stuck with the same starting XV that beat Fiji Schools 29-3 on Monday and made just one change to his bench, with Brisbane Boys College backrower Tom Kibble replacing Luca Moretti in the matchday 23.

New Zealand began their campaign with an impressive 49-6 victory over Australian Schools Barbarians on Monday and although the home side haven’t defeated the Kiwis since 2012 in the annual Test match, Australian centre Noah Lolesio said his side were quietly confident heading into Saturday’s match.

“They’re very clinical, particularly on turnover possession so we need to keep the ball in hand and put them under as much pressure as possible,” Lolesio said.

Australian Schools Barbarians face Fiji Schools at 11am ahead of the Trans Tasman Test at 1pm and the Greater Sydney Rams v Fiji Drua NRC clash at 3pm.

Australian Schools team to play New Zealand Schools (1-23)

Angus Bell, Lachlan Lonergan, Darcy Breen, Trevor Hosea, Nicholas Frost, Charlie Rorke, Kohan Herbert, Lachlan Connors, Seamus Smith, Will Harrsion (Captain), Tristan Stanghon, Noah Lolesio, Jordan Petaia, Albert Hopoate, Ben Donaldson. Reserves: Ciaran Loh, Bo Abra, Finn Wright, Harry Wilson, Tom Kibble, Marco Bell, Tom Woodcock, Will Lloyd.