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New look Maori All Black team named to take on Canada

allblacks.com     02 Nov 2017    


The team is:


 

Player

Province

Iwi

1

Chris Eves

North Harbour

Waikato / Tainui

2

Ash Dixon (Captain)

Hawkes Bay

Ngati Tahinga

3

Marcel Renata

Auckland

Ngati Whanaunga / Ngai Takoto

4

Jackson Hemopo *

Manawatu

Tuhourangi / Ngati Wahiao / Ngai Tahu / Ngati Rangi / Ngati Apa ki te Ra Tõ

5

Jarrad Hoeata

North Harbour

Ngai Tuhoe / Ngati Kahungunu

6

Tom Franklin

Bay Of Plenty

Ngati Maniapoto

7

Dan Pryor

Northland

Ngati Awa / Ngati Pikiao / Ngati Rangitihi

8

Akira Ioane

Auckland

Ngapuhi / Te Whanau a Apanui

9

Brad Weber

Hawkes Bay

Ngati Porou

10

Ihaia West

Hawkes Bay

Ngati Kahungunu / Ngati Porou

11

Ambrose Curtis

Manawatu

Ngai Te Rangi

12

Rob Thompson

Canterbury

Ngati Kahungunu / Nga Rauru

13

Tim Bateman

Canterbury

Ngai Tahu

14

Sean Wainui

Taranaki

Ngai Tuhoe / Te Aitanga a Mahaki / Nga Arikikaiputahi / Ngati Porou

15

Charlie Ngatai

Taranaki

Ngati Porou / Te Whanau a Apanui / Te Whakatohea

16

Liam Polwart *

Bay Of Plenty

Ngati Maru

17

Ross Wright *

Northland

Ngati Whatua / Ngati Porou

18

Tyrel Lomax *

Tasman

Ngai Tuhoe / Muaupoko

19

Jordan Manihera *

Waikato

Ngati Wairere / Waikato -Tainui

20

Sam Henwood *

Counties Manakau

Ngapuhi / Te Whanau a Apanui

21

Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi

Taranaki

Ngati Pikiao

22

Jackson Garden-Bachop *

Wellington

Ngati Awa

23

Shaun Stevenson *

North Harbour

Ngapuhi

 * = New Cap
 Eight new caps have been named in the side with Manawatu’s Jackson Hemopo getting a start at lock, and Shaun Stevenson, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Sam Henwood, Jordan Manihera, Tyrel Lomax, Ross Wright and Liam Polwart to debut off the bench. 

Head Coach Clayton McMillan said they had high expectations of a good performance on a quick track at BC Place, the venue for the Friday night (Saturday morning NZT) fixture. 


“We’re pretty happy with how things are ticking along, we’ve had some good training. 

“Everyone who is here deserves their opportunity to represent the Maori All Blacks and while they may be lacking for a bit of experience at this level, they certainly make up for it in enthusiasm, and I am really happy with the way the team has bonded.

 “We don’t see it as a starting 15 and eight off the bench -  it’s a full squad of 27 with everyone including those boys not playing, working to help us prepare,” he said.
 
McMillan said selecting Charlie Ngatai at fullback had been a calculated choice after discussion with Ngatai’s Taranaki and former Maori All Blacks Coach, Colin Cooper.
 
“We had a policy of selecting our backline around versatility and people who can play multiple positions, and we were limited by the numbers we could bring on tour.

“Charlie’s got great experience, great comms, a big boot, and he’ll be very good for the younger guys.”
 
The venue for Friday night’s match will be played in front of a sell-out 29,000 fans, and the match promises to be played at pace, McMillan predicted.  It will be the largest audience in Canada for a single game of 15s rugby.
 
“Canada is playing at home, it’s a unique stadium with roof and astro turf, so it will be fast, matched with physicality.  They have a big pack and strong carrying backs so we expect a tough battle,” McMillan said.