Bleyendaal named New Zealand U20 captain

(IRB.COM) Friday 28 May 2010
 Bleyendaal named New Zealand U20 captain
Aaron Cruden became the second Baby Blacks captain to lift the JWC trophy

Tyler Bleyendaal has been named as captain of New Zealand Under 20s and will hope to follow in the footsteps of Chris Smith and Aaron Cruden by lifting the IRB Junior World Championship trophy next month in Argentina.

The fly half, who celebrates his 20th birthday on Monday - the day after the team leaves for Argentina, believes that the Baby Blacks have what it takes to remain the only side to be crowned champions.

"It is a great honour to be chosen as captain for the team," said Bleyendaal.

"This is a great team to be part of and we are looking forward to an exciting tournament. We have put in the hard work over the last few months but we know that we have to continue to do this if we want to win another world championship.

"As a group we realise the expectations of the New Zealand rugby public and there is no doubt that we will do our best to do ourselves, our families, friends and our supporters proud."

New Zealand kick off their Junior World Championship title defence against Fiji at the Estadio CA Colon in Santa Fe on 5 June, before facing Samoa four days later and then Wales on 13 June in their final Pool A match.