5 Dec, 14:49
The Ireland Under-19 squad to face Australia Schools at Ravenhill on Saturday week (December 14) has been announced.
The side features 10 of the players who started when the All Blacks beat Ireland 40-29 at their last meeting in Dublin in November.
Tana Umaga returns for his 38th test after overcoming a knee injury that dogged him during the Super 12.
Speaking of the decision to keep Lomu in reserve, assistant coach Bruce Deans said, " We're getting through a lot of work with Jonah and I'm sure he'll get some game time. It will be what he does with that time that will determine whar happens from there."
Lomu can be used on either wing, he played on the right in the second half against Italy. "Yes, we have the option of using him on either flank." said Deans." He showed he can step off his left foot and that he can fend with his left hand. That's the way it's got to be. You've got to be able to play in every section of the ground. The number on your back is not relevant."
New Zealand. Leon MacDonald; Doug Howlett, Tana Umaga, Aaron Mauger, Caleb Ralph; Andrew Mehrtens, Justin Marshall; Scott Robertson, Richard McCaw, Reuben Thorne capt; Norm Maxwell, Chris Jack; Greg Somerville, Mark Hammett, Dave Hewett.
Replacements. Tom Willis, Joe McDonnell, Taine Randell, Marty Holah, Byron Kelleher, Daryl Gibson, Jonah Lomu.