Over 20 players were evaluated on strict criteria including current level of participation, playing ability and likelihood of maximising the experience on both a personal and sporting level.
Dean, who has only been playing rugby for 18 months as part of the Unidare RFC Dublin 11 Project, impressed the New Zealand coaches with his extraordinary skills and raw talent.
As a result of his selection, he will spend six months living, working and playing rugby with Matamata United Sports in New Zealand.
Commenting on the announcement, Joe Harton, President of Unidare RFC, said: "We are delighted to afford this opportunity to Dean and we feel that from a playing and life experience viewpoint this trip will be of great benefit both to Dean and the whole Unidare community."
The programme was launched in November of last year by His Excellency the Ambassador for New Zealand, Derek Leask.
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