Head Coach Clayton McMillan has tweaked the front row combination with Ross Wright and Tyrel Lomax packing down either side of their skipper and hooker, Ash Dixon for their team’s last stop on their end of year tour.
Wright and Lomax are two of six players to move from last week’s bench against Brazil to this week’s run on side, with Jackson Hemopo, Bryn Hall, Mitch Karpik and Matt Proctor all getting a starting run this weekend.
McMillan said the squad had settled well in Chile with the travel a little easier than the previous leg.
“It’s been a fantastic week and like last week in Brazil, the Chilean community have embraced us and they’ve made us feel very much at home.
“We want to finish our tour on a strong and positive note. Last week’s weather conditions weren’t really conducive to our preferred style of rugby, so we are hoping to be able to show off our brand of Maori rugby where it’s fast, fun, and entertaining to watch. We have focussed on the whole team re-setting after last weekend’s gruelling match against Brazil. It’s a new week, and we’re certainly excited about what Chile has in store for us. Like Brazil, Chile is a bit of an unknown so it’s hard to know what to prepare for, but if it’s anything like last week, they’ll play with passion and they will be filled with confidence playing their chosen sport in front of a home ground,” McMillan said.
Chile v Maori All Blacks Where: SKY Sport 2 in New Zealand or live stream for free at www.allblackstv.com in territories outside New Zealand and Chile When: Sunday 18 November, [K/O 8.00am NZT]
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