Sport / 30 June, 2015

Māori All Blacks squad named

The 27-strong squad departs on Wednesday to square off against Fiji before facing the New Zealand Barbarians.

From AllBlacks.com:

Coach Colin Cooper said the 2015 squad was an exciting mix of experienced hands and promising young talent. It includes 13 players who took part in last year’s tour to Japan and three members of the successful New Zealand Under 20 team which won the recent World Championship title in Italy.

“This is a well-balanced side with some very experienced campaigners who have now played on several tours and know our systems well. I'll be expecting them to lead by example and show the new boys the high standards we expect.

“We have a proud record of success to uphold and I am sure this side will work hard to honour the great legacy of the Maori All Blacks,” said Cooper.

The squad will again be captained by Chiefs midfield back Charlie Ngatai.

The Māori All Blacks squad is:

FORWARDS
HOOKERS

Joe Royal
Te Arawa/Ngāti Whatua o Orakei/Ngāpuhi
Bay of Plenty

Ash Dixon
Ngāti Tahinga
Hawke's Bay

Quentin MacDonald*
Rangitane
Tasman

PROPS

Chris Eves
Tainui
Manawatu

Brendon Edmonds
Ngāti Kahungunu
Hawke's Bay

Josh Hohneck*
Ngāti Whatua/Ngāti Manuhiri
Waikato

Ben May
Ngāti Maniapoto
Wellington

LOCKS

Hayden Triggs
Ngāti Kahungunu
North Harbour

Jacob Skeen*
Ngāpuhi
Waikato

Blade Thomson
Ngāpuhi
Taranaki

LOOSE FORWARDS

Shane Christie
Te Atihaunui a Paparangi/Ngāti Kurawhatia
Tasman

Elliot Dixon
Ngāpuhi
Southland

Akira Ioane*
Te Whānau-ā-Apanui
Auckland

Heiden Bedwell-Curtis
Ngāpuhi
Manawatu

Mitchell Crosswell
Ngāti Porou
Taranaki

BACKS
HALFBACKS

Jamison Gibson-Park
Ngāti Porou/Nga Tai
Taranaki

Brad Weber*
Ngāti Porou
Waikato

FIRST FIVE-EIGHTH

Damian McKenzie*
Ngāti Tuwharetoa
Waikato

Otere Black*
Ngāi Tuhoe/Te Whānau-ā-Apanui/Ngāti Tuwharetoa
Manawatu

MIDFIELD BACKS

Jason Emery
Ngāti Haua/Ngāti Maniapoto
Manawatu

Charlie Ngatai (c)
Ngāti Porou/Te Whānau-ā-Apanui
Taranaki

Sean Wainui*
Ngāi Tuhoe/Ngāti Porou
Taranaki

OUTSIDE BACKS

Kurt Baker
Ngāpuhi
Taranaki

Rieko Ioane*
Te Whānau-ā-Apanui
Auckland

Marty McKenzie
Ngāti Tuwharetoa
Taranaki

Matt Proctor
Ngāi te Rangi/Ngāpuhi
Wellington

Codey Rei*
Nga Ruahine/Te Atiawa
Taranaki

*new cap

2014 Māori All Blacks squad members not available because of injury were; Tom Franklin, Mike Kainga, James Lowe, Sean Polwart, Dan Pryor and Joe Webber.

Māori All Blacks 2015 matches

Saturday 11 July v Fiji, ANZ National Stadium, Suva. Kickoff 3pm NZST
Saturday 18 July v New Zealand Barbarians, Eden Park, Auckland. Kickoff 7.35pm NZST

Watch the Māori All Blacks
Both matches will be live on SKY Sport

Tickets for New Zealand Barbarians match
Tickets for the New Zealand Barbarians match are available through Ticketmaster. Adults $30, children $10.

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