New Zealand Rugby looking to improve depth

It’s a scary thought after the 2016 Super Rugby season but New Zealand Rugby is hoping to increase its depth in the years to come by naming a New Zealand Schoolboys side as well as a Barbarians side. Despite dominating the international schoolboy scene in recent years, All Blacks High Performance manager Mike Anthony said the Kiwis want to see more young players exposed to international rugby at a young age. “Inclusion of the New Zealand Barbarians in this schedule has been critical because we want to keep casting our net wide. It’s essential that we develop a wider group for the future,” Anthony said. “The advantages are clear. Take Stephen Perofeta for example, who played for the Barbarians last year, and within a year he was the starting 10 for the Under 20 side.” While Australian Schools selectors pick their team from the Australian Schools Championships, a week long tournament featuring state based teams, New Zealand Schools selectors identify 55 players from aroun
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