Preview: Maori All Blacks v Chile

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Match details: Saturday November 17, 4pm (8am Sunday November 18 NZT) at Estadio San Carlos De Apoquindo, Las Condes
Referee: Pablo Deluca (Argentina)
Played: N/A
Wins: N/A
Last match: N/A

It would be slightly unfair to say the Maori All Blacks took one step backwards last weekend in Sao Paulo after such an impressive tour opener against the USA Eagles.

The wet conditions, vocal crowd and staunch Brazilian defence combined to hold the Maori to a five try, 35-3, victory in what was probably the biggest game of 15s rugby ever played in Brazil.


But the Maori controlled the latter stages of the game well, hooker Ash Dixon scored a double, first five Otere Black slotted all five conversions and lock Pari Pari Parkinson again showed his considerable wares.

Now they ready themselves for another historic challenge against Chile in Las Condes.

There are injuries, meaning Northland halfback Sam Nock is set for his Maori All Blacks debut off the bench.

After coming under real pressure against Brazil, the Maori must assert themselves in the scrum. The onus will not just be on the front-row of Tyrel Lomax, Ash Dixon and Ross Wright, but the entire forward pack.

Josh Ioane has dropped back to fullback, with Shaun Stevenson on the wing, two of eight changes from Brazil. New All Black Matt Proctor, one of several promoted from last weekend’s replacements list, will wear the No 13 jersey.

Chile was defeated 38-21 by a South American XV last weekend, which was coach Pablo Lemoine’s first assignment with the side. Fullback Pedro Verschae scored a brace.

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Campbell Burnes

Campbell Burnes has written on rugby since 2000 for a wide variety of publications, both in print and online, whilst also contributing to television and radio shows. His major gigs have seen him at Rugby News magazine (2005-12), in which he covered 50 Test matches, and the New Zealand Herald (2014-17). Burnes is one of the few in rugby media to have played international rugby, having appeared for Manu Samoa in 1995 and 2000 (seven games) as a No 10. He is now the editor of Rugby News magazine and co-editor of the Rugby Almanack.


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