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NZ Maori team named for match against Ireland     16 Jun 2010    

The team is (province and iwi):

1. Bronson Murray Northland Ngapuhi
2. Corey Flynn Canterbury Kai Tahu
3. Ben Afeaki North Harbour Ngati Awa
4. Hayden Triggs Otago Ngati Kahungunu
5. Jarrad Hoeata Taranaki Ngati Kahungunu/Ngai Tuhoe
6. Liam Messam ( c ) Waikato Ngai Tuhoe
7. Tanerau Latimer Bay of Plenty Tapuika/Ngati Makino/Te Arawa
8. Colin Bourke Bay of Plenty Ngati Wairere
9. Aaron Smith Manawatu Ngati Kahungunu
10. Stephen Brett Canterbury Ngapuhi/Te Arawa
11. Hosea Gear Wellington Ngati Porou/Ngariki Kaiputahi
12. Luke McAlister North Harbour Te Atiawa
13. Dwayne Sweeney Waikato Ngati Mahanga
14. Sean Maitland Canterbury Ngapuhi
15. Robbie Robinson Southland Ngati Tuwharetoa


16. Dane Coles Wellington Ngati Porou
17. Clint Newlands Hawke’s Bay Ngati Kahungunu
18. Romana Graham Waikato Ngati Awa
19. Karl Lowe * Hawke’s Bay Ngati Pikiao/Te Arawa
20. Ruki Tipuna * Wellington Ngai Te Rangi
21. Willie Ripia * Taranaki Ngai Tuhoe
22. Jackson Willison Waikato Ngati Mahuta

Note: * denotes New Zealand Maori debutant

The starting line-up has five changes with North Harbour prop Ben Afeaki, Otago lock Hayden Triggs, Waikato utility Dwayne Sweeney, Manawatu halfback Aaron Smith and Bay of Plenty No 8 Colin Bourke all moving from the bench for this Friday’s game.

Hawke’s Bay loose forward Karl Lowe, Taranaki first-five Willie Ripia and Wellington halfback Ruki Tipuna could all make their New Zealand Maori debut off the bench this week.

New Zealand Maori Coach Jamie Joseph said: “The match against the New Zealand Barbarians was definitely a good test for us and we came out of that game with areas we know we need to work on and that has been our focus this week.

“There is a great buzz around Rotorua at the moment and the team knows the whole town is behind them. The fact that we are about to play in the same place as the first ever game played by the New Zealand Maori Rugby team 100 years ago, is very special,” he added.

This year’s Sealord New Zealand Maori Centenary Series celebrates 100 years of the New Zealand Maori rugby team. To honour the anniversary, the 2010 team is playing a three-match series – with the first of two internationals matches getting under way against Ireland on Friday. The second international will be played next Wednesday 23 June against England in Napier.

Maori Centenary Series Itinerary

New Zealand Maori v Ireland Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua 18 June

New Zealand Maori v England McLean Park, Napier 23 June