Tamati Ellison named captain of Junior All Blacks

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Ellison was co-captain of the New Zealand Maori team that competed at the 2008 Pacific Nations Cup. He has represented New Zealand at the Junior All Blacks, Under 21 and Under 19 levels and was a gold medal winning member of the New Zealand Sevens team at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Meanwhile, Highlanders flanker Alando Soakai will join the squad tomorrow as temporary cover for Hawke’s Bay’s Karl Lowe who is on paternity leave.

As announced yesterday, Canterbury’s Stephen Brett has replaced Luke McAlister who has been called into the All Blacks squad as replacement for Richard Kahui.