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Maori All Blacks squad to play Fiji and New Zealand Barbarians named

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

The Maori All Blacks squad is:

FORWARDS
HOOKERS


Joe Royal
Te Arawa/Ngati Whatua o Orakei/Ngapuhi
Bay of Plenty

Ash Dixon
Ngati Tahinga
Hawke's Bay

Quentin MacDonald*
Rangitane
Tasman

PROPS

Chris Eves
Tainui
Manawatu

Brendon Edmonds
Ngati Kahungunu
Hawke's Bay

Josh Hohneck*
Ngati Whatua/Ngati Manuhiri
Waikato

Ben May
Ngati Maniapoto
Wellington

LOCKS

Hayden Triggs
Ngati Kahungunu
North Harbour

Jacob Skeen*
Ngapuhi
Waikato

Blade Thomson
Ngapuhi
Taranaki

LOOSE FORWARDS

Shane Christie
Te Atihaunui a Paparangi/Ngati Kurawhatia
Tasman

Elliot Dixon
Ngapuhi
Southland

Akira Ioane*
Te Whanau-a-Apanui
Auckland

Heiden Bedwell-Curtis
Ngapuhi
Manawatu

Mitchell Crosswell
Ngati Porou
Taranaki

BACKS
HALFBACKS


Jamison Gibson-Park
Ngati Porou/Nga Tai
Taranaki

Brad Weber*
Ngati Porou
Waikato

FIRST FIVE-EIGHTH

Damian McKenzie*
Ngati Tuwharetoa
Waikato

Otere Black*
Ngai Tuhoe/Te Whanau-a-Apanui/Ngati Tuwharetoa
Manawatu

MIDFIELD BACKS

Jason Emery
Ngati Haua/Ngati Maniapoto
Manawatu

Charlie Ngatai (c)
Ngati Porou/Te Whanau-a-Apanui
Taranaki

Sean Wainui*
Ngai Tuhoe/Ngati Porou
Taranaki

OUTSIDE BACKS

Kurt Baker
Ngapuhi
Taranaki

Rieko Ioane*
Te Whanau-a-Apanui
Auckland

Marty McKenzie
Ngati Tuwharetoa
Taranaki

Matt Proctor
Ngai te Rangi/Ngapuhi
Wellington

Codey Rei*
Nga Ruahine/Te Atiawa
Taranaki

*new cap

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

The 27-strong squad departs for Fiji on Wednesday 8 July.

Strong squad for 2015

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.



Exciting young talent on display

“It is very pleasing to introduce some exciting new talent to the 2015 side. Akira Ioane has really impressed with the Blues this year and both he, Otere Black and Sean Wainui are coming off the great win for New Zealand Under 20 at the World Championship in Italy so I am sure they will want to carry on that form. Rieko Ioane will also provide great pace out wide and he's hugely matured with the All Blacks Sevens this year despite still only being 18 years old.

“We've also seen how well Damian McKenzie has equipped himself in his first season at the Chiefs which is a huge test for any young man. He's shown incredible maturity so he along with his brother Marty who toured with us last year, will strengthen the backline,” said Cooper.

Fans urged to support the Maori All Blacks at Eden Park

“We're really looking forward to this tour. These players have a great opportunity to test their skills against a tough international opponent in Fiji as it looks to build for the Rugby World Cup and the Barbarians match will also be a stiff contest.

“We hope fans come out and support the Maori All Blacks at home as we haven’t played in New Zealand since 2010. This is a top chance to see some of the best players in the country test their skills against what we expect to be a very strong Barbarians side.

“We know the Barbarians also have a proud reputation to uphold like us so I think fans will be in for a great display of attacking rugby. It’s also a huge opportunity for players to continue to press for selection for the All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad so there will be a lot at stake. It should be a fantastic match.”

Maori 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 Maori 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.