Asi called into New Zealand Under 20s
Turbos prop Sione Asi has been called into the New Zealand Under 20s for the Oceania Rugby Under 20s Championship.
Asi, known by teammates as Panda, missed out when the squad was announced last week, but has been added in as injury cover.
The Oceania tournament, which kicks off later this month in the Gold Coast, is a warm-up for the Junior World Championship in France in June.
It pits New Zealand against Tonga (April 27), Fiji (May 1) and Australia (May 5).
Asi made his debut for the Manawatu Turbos at prop last year and played three games for the province.
The 20-year-old has impressive strength that makes him a big threat with ball in-hand.
Fellow Manawatu player Brayden Iose was not considered for the team due to a hip injury.