All Blacks available for Mitre 10 Cup opening weekend

Ioane brothers

Two players, new All Black lock Quinten Strange and hooker Dane Coles are still recovering from injuries and are unavailable, while four others, Joe Moody, Sam Cane, Beauden Barrett and Braydon Ennor, will be assessed by medical staff this week before a decision is made on whether or not they can play this weekend.


The players currently available to don their provincial colours this weekend, if required, are as follows:


North Harbour vs Canterbury

7.05PM, Friday 11 September, North Harbour Stadium, Auckland

North Harbour: Karl Tu'inukuafe.

Canterbury: Codie Taylor, Samuel Whitelock, Cullen Grace, Richie Mo'unga and George Bridge.


Waikato vs Wellington

2.05PM, Saturday 12 September, FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton

Waikato: Anton Lienert-Brown and Damian McKenzie.

Wellington: Asafo Aumua, Ardie Savea and TJ Perenara.

Otago vs Auckland

Saturday 12 September, 4.35PM, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

Auckland: Alex Hodgman, Ofa Tuungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu, Akira Ioane, Hoskins Sotutu, Rieko Ioane and Caleb Clarke.


Counties Manukau vs Tasman

Saturday 12 September, 7.35PM, Navigation Homes Stadium, Pukekohe


Counties Manukau: Nepo Laulala and Dalton Papalii.

Tasman: Tyrel Lomax, Shannon Frizell, Sevu Reece and Will Jordan.


Northland vs Manawatu

Sunday 13 September, 2.05PM, Semenoff Stadium, Whangarei


Northland: Jack Goodhue.

Manawatu: Aaron Smith.


Taranaki vs Bay of Plenty

Sunday 13 September, 2.05PM, TET Stadium & Events Centre, Inglewood


Taranaki:  Tupou Vaa'i and Jordie Barrett.


Southland vs Hawke's Bay

Sunday 13 September, 4.35PM, Rugby Park Invercargill


Hawke's Bay: Brad Weber.


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