Maori All Blacks team to play Munster

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The side includes five new caps – Reed Prinsep, Billy Guyton and Ambrose Curtis who will start, while Under 20s captain Leni Apisai and Waikato skipper Whetu Douglas will make their debuts off the bench.

Head Coach Colin Cooper said the win over the USA last week was satisfying but they were also looking forward to the unique experience of playing in Limerick.

“Our exit plays last week were particularly good and I thought that was the edge that we had over the US. We played a lot of rugby in their half.

“But I think that Munster being another physical pack, particularly at lineout driving time, we will want to play the game in their half.

“We’re expecting a lot of physicality down the back so we'll be looking to our bench to make an impact.

“This match is a huge game. I think every player at some stage in their career would like to play Munster in Limerick. We certainly saw the passion of the people here and the stadium being sold out, Ireland beating the All Blacks at the weekend - it’s got everyone pretty hummed so it will be a mighty contest,” Cooper said.

Expecting the Irish to get behind their team, Cooper said he was expecting some intense noise at Thomond Park Stadium.

“The crowd is like an extra, the 24th person. They are very vocal and very passionate so it will be a challenge for us.

“I’ve always admired Munster from afar. The people here are pretty passionate, and certainly people here know New Zealand and they know these players - they are very respectful people.

“This game is going to be special. I’ve always admired Munster from afar and now I’m going to be at the coalface of taking on Munster, it will be a great experience and opportunity to lead such good men like we’ve got in this group.” 

Maori All Blacks team to face Munster:
1 Kane Hames - Ngai Tuhoe / Ngati Porou
2 Ash Dixon (Capt) -Ngati Tahinga
3 Ben May - Ngati Maniapoto / Tainui
4 Leighton Price - Ngati Maniapoto
5 Tom Franklin - Ngati Maniapoto
6 Reed Prinsep * - Te Rarawa
7 Shane Christie - Te Ati Haunui a Paparangi / Ngati Kurawhatia
8 Akira Ioane - Ngapuhi / Te Whanau a Apanui
9 Billy Guyton * - Ngapuhi / Ngati Pikiao / Ngati Raukawa
10 Otere Black - Ngai Tuhoe / Te Whanau-a-Apanui / Ngati Tawharetoa
11 James Lowe - Ngapuhi / Ngai Te Rangi
12 Tim Bateman - Ngai Tahu
13 Matt Proctor - Ngapuhi / Ngaiterangi
14 Ambrose Curtis * - Ngai Te Rangi
15 Marty McKenzie - Ngati Tawharetoa / Ngati Tahinga

16 Leni Apisai * - Ngati Awa
17 Chris Eves - Waikato / Tainui
18 Marcel Renata - Ngati Whanaunga / Te Aupouri
19 Whetu Douglas * - Ngati Porou / Ngati Whakaue
20 Kara Pryor - Ngati Awa / Ngati Pikiao / Ngati Rangitihi
21 Brad Weber - Ngati Porou
22 Ihaia West - Ngati Kahungunu / Ngati Porou
23 Jason Emery - Ngati Haua / Ngati Maniapoto

Maori All Blacks 2016 Match Schedule

USA 7 v MABs 54
Friday 4 November
Toyota Park, Chicago

v Munster
Friday 11 November, kickoff 7:30pm
Thomond Park Stadium, Limerick

v Harlequins
Wednesday16 November, kickoff 7:45pm
Twickenham Stoop, London