The New Zealand Under-22 Boys side to play Australia in the five-match Trans-Tasman International series this September was announced at the Senior Provincial Championships presentation dinner in Palmerston North this past weekend. The tournament serves as a precursor for the selection of New Zealand teams.
The team announced was as follows:
|Micah Conroy (Captain) (Debut)||Wellington|
|Fraser Bartholomew (Debut)||Southern Districts|
|Joey Field (Debut)||Northern Districts|
|Ryan Jackson (Debut)||Wellington|
|Swayam Desai (Debut)||Northern Districts|
|Regan Craig (Debut)||Wellington|
|Mitchell Rush||Northern Districts|
|Jarred McKay (Debut)||Southern Districts|
|Mathew Scoble (Debut)||Wellington|
|Coach: Paul Anderson||Northern Districts|
|Assistant Coach: Sunnie Chan||Wellington|
|Manager: James Kirk||Central Districts|
The Under-22 Boys team last played a bilateral series against Australia at Port Macquarie, New South Wales in 2016 whilst they last featured in any form at the 2017 World Cup in the UAE.
Of that World Cup side, three players have returned to the team including Ryan James, Mitchell Rush and Taylor Irie.
There will be eight debutants for the series but none are short of experience with a number of players turning out in the Premier Men’s grade at the recently concluded Senior Provincial Championships whilst five players from the New Zealand Under-17 Boys team that won the Junior World Series last year are present including Regan Craig, Ryan Jackson, Ryan James and Joey Field. Skipper Micah Conroy will complete an impressive double, having also captained that side.
The team will assemble in camp on 8 September for the series that takes place from 12-14 September at the Palmerston North Indoor Sports Arena in Palmerston North.