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PĀNUI PĀPĀHO – Te Hīkoi Tuatahi o te Kapa Ōpango Māori ki Amerika ki Te Tonga

Maori All Blacks to take on historic South American tour
•    Maori All Blacks to Chile, Brazil for first time
•    New assistant coaches announced
•    New Maori All Blacks jersey launched

The Maori All Blacks will play their first ever matches against Chile and Brazil in November, as a tour to South America was confirmed by New Zealand Rugby today.

New Zealand Rugby Maori Board chair Dr Farah Palmer confirmed the matches would round out the Maori All Blacks end of year tour schedule which kicks off in Chicago.

The Maori All Blacks will kick off their tour as the finale match against the USA Eagles men in a historic triple header with the Black Ferns playing the USA Eagles women and Ireland playing Italy.

“This is an exciting tour for the Maori All Blacks.  Any time this team travels offshore they are incredibly popular, and they showcase the best of Maori heritage and Maori rugby.

“To play against Chile and Brazil for the first time ever is very special and will help us to develop our relationship with South America and, from a Maori perspective, connect with indigenous communities in this region.

“The Maori All Blacks have only ever played Argentina previously, and this is another opportunity for this team appeal to a few more South American hearts,” Dr Palmer said.

Agustín Danza, CEO, Confederaçao Brasileira de Rugby (Brasil Rugby) said:
“We are very honoured and thankful to host the Maori All Blacks on their first South American tour.

“For us to play the Maori All Blacks represents a dream come true, as it will be a game that will inspire the present and future generations of Brazilian rugby players.

“Also, Rugby is a fast-growing sport in Brazil and to host a game like this will no doubly help us grow the awareness of the game even faster.

“Lastly, but not less important, we are very happy to start what we hope will be a lasting relationship with New Zealand Rugby.  We look forward to giving the MAB a great experience in Brazil.”

Jorge Araya, President Chile Rugby said:
“Hosting the Maori All Blacks in Chile is a step forward in our game’s development. The main goal is to offer our players international competition that challenges them both individually and as a team.

“As an organisation, this game is also a big challenge, mostly on the logistical side as we have to comply with the highest standards to cater for a team of the strength of the Maori All Blacks.

“Being able to offer our fans this historical game is thanks to the coordinated efforts of World Rugby and Sudamérica Rugby (South American Rugby), where the work of our national team, its staff and our Union play a vital role, as much as the commitment of our players to prepare accordingly in order to enjoy the passion that this game will mean.”

New assistant coaches

Just as the South American tour was announced, the Maori All Blacks have also confirmed their coaching group for 2018 with Roger Randle and Joe Maddock appointed as Assistant Coaches.

Maori All Blacks Coach Clayton McMillan said as former players, Randle and Maddock have the right mix of experience to bring to the Maori All Blacks.

“Both Roger and Joe have worn the Maori All Blacks jersey with pride. Their understanding of what this team means along with their coaching experience highlights the value they will bring to this group,” said McMillan.

It’s not the first time the three coaches have worked together, as they led the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians against the British & Irish Lions in 2017.

Randle and Maddock both currently coach Mitre 10 Cup, with Randle the Assistant for Waikato, and Maddock the Head Coach at Canterbury.

Randle, a two-time Commonwealth Games Gold medallist with the All Blacks Sevens, played two matches for the All Blacks and seven seasons with the Maori All Blacks. Currently coaching in Waikato, Randle was involved with the Japan Sevens team for their 2016 Olympic campaign and coached the All Blacks Sevens in Hong Kong earlier this year.

Maddock has been coaching in Canterbury for the past four years, having previously played 30 matches for the province and 16 matches for the Crusaders. In eight matches for the Maori All Blacks, Maddock scored eight tries before heading to Europe where he played for ten years.

Maori All Blacks jersey:

The ever popular 2018 Maori All Blacks jersey has been released into retail.

Named “Orokohanga” (origins), it represents humankind’s journey from celestial beginnings to a terrestrial existence.  The graphics are a visual representation of what is normally expressed orally in the Maori world as pepeha (tribal axiom).  Pepeha is how individuals connect to whenua (land) whanau (family) and wairua (spiritually) and is an important and integral part of the Maori world.

Maori All Blacks 2018 schedule:

Chicago, USA
Saturday 3 November
V USA Eagles (with Black Ferns v USA Eagles women)

Sao Paolo, Brazil
Saturday 10 November
V Brazil

Santiago, Chile
Saturday 17 November
V Chile


Ka tākaro te Kapa Ōpango Māori i ā rātou kēmu tuatahi ki a Tīre me Pahiria i te Whiringa ā rangi i te whakamanatanga o tā rātou hīkoi ki Amerika ki Te Tonga e Whutupaoro Aotearoa i te rangi nei.

He mea whakamana ngā tukinga e te toihau o Te Poari Whutupaoro Māori ō Aotearoa, e Tākuta Farah Palmer, me te aha, he mea āpiti ngā kēmu nei ki te hīkoi ā te Kapa Ōpango Māori ki te tukinga i Chicago.

Ka tākaro te Kapa Ōpango Māori i te tukinga ki ngā Kārearea Tāne o Amerika, he tukinga takitoru ka mau ki ngā whārangi hitōria i te mea kei te tuki te kapa Rarauhe Pango ki ngā Kārearea Wāhine o Amerika, ā ka tuki hoki a Airani ki a Itāria.

“He hīkoi whakarikarika tēnei mā te Kapa Ōpango Māori.  Puta ana tēnei kapa ki tāwāhi, rāpoi kau ana te marea ki a rātou, me te aha, ko rātou te whakatinanatanga o te ahurea Māori me te whutupaoro Māori.

“He mea whakahirahira kia tākaro ki a Tīre me Pahiria mo te wā tuatahi, me te aha, he mea whakakaha hoki i ngā hononga ki roto o Amerika ki Te Tonga.

Hei tā Tākuta Palmer “I mua, ko Āketina anake te hoa kakari o te Kapa Ōpango Māori, nā reira he ara anō tēnei mo te kapa ki te mātoro i ngā ngākau ō Amerika ki Te Tonga”.

I kī a Agustín Danza, Toihau o Confederaçao Brasileira de Rugby (Brasil Rugby):
“Nō mātou te hōnore kia noho te Kapa Ōpango Māori hei manuhiri mā mātou i tā rātou hīkoi tuatahi ki Amerika ki Te Tonga.

“Ki a mātou, he whakaeatanga moemoeā te tākaro ki te Kapa Ōpango Māori nā te mea ka noho te kēmu nei hei whakaaweawe i te whakareanga o nāianei me ngā whakareanga kaitākaro whutupaoro o Pahiria e haere ake nei.

“Hei āpiti, kei te tere te tupu o tēnei mea te whutupaoro i roto o Pahiria, nā reira kāore e kore he āwhina nui kia tū he kēmu pēnei kia tere kē atu te aronui mai o te iwi ki a ia.

“Ā, mutu rawa iho, e koa ana mātou i tēnei hononga, me te manako ia he hononga mau roa, ki a Whutupaoro Aotearoa. E tāria ana te wā kia tae mai te kapa MAB kia whakawhiwhia e mātou ki ngā wheako pai i Pahiria”

I kī hoki a Jorge Araya, Tumuaki o Chile Rugby:
“Mā te whakamanuhiri i te Kapa Ōpango Māori i Tīre e whanake whakamua ai te kēmu i roto i a mātou. Ko te whāinga matua he tuku i ā mātou kaitākaro kia tuki ki ngā kapa o tāwāhi hei wero i a rātou ake, hei wero hoki i te kapa.

“Ā rūnanga nei, he wero nui tō te kēmu nei i te taha ki te whakariterite i te mea me tino eke te taumata ki ōna tiketiketanga kia eke ki te mana o te kapa rangatira nei, te Kapa Ōpango Māori.

“I tāea ai te kēmu whakahirahira nei nā te mahi tahi ā Te Rōpū Whutupaoro o Te Ao me Sudamérica Rugby (South American Rugby), i whai hua ai i te pukumahi o tō mātou kapa matua, ā mātou kaimahi, me te uniana, me te ū hoki o ā mātou kaitākaro ki te whakatika i a rātou kia rite ai rātou mo ngā hua nui o te kēmu nei.”

Mo ngā mokamoka o ngā tukinga o te hīkoi mutunga tau, haere ki: allblacks.com

Ngā Kaiako Tuarua Hou

I te pānuitanga o te hikoi ki Amerika ki Te Tonga, kua whakamana hoki te Kapa Ōpango Māori i tō rātou kapa kaiako mo te tau 2018 i te kōpounga o Roger Randle me Joe Maddock hei kaiako tuarua.

Hei tā te kaiako o te Kapa Ōpango Māori, a Clayton McMillan, he kaitākaro o mua rāua, nā reira he whēako ō Randle me Maddock hei āpiti ki te Kapa Ōpango Māori.

Hei tā McMillan, “Kua mau a Roger rāua ko Joe i te poraka ō te Kapa Ōpango Māori, me te poho kererū hoki.  Kei te mārama rāua ki te ia o te kapa nei, he wheako hoki ō rāua i ngā mahi kaiako, nā reira he nui te uara ka mauria mai e rāua ki te rōpū”

Ehara tēnei i te wā tuatahi ka mahi tahi ngā kaiako tokotoru, nā rātou tonu i ārahi i te kapa Mohoao Tuawhenua o Aotearoa i ngā tukinga ki ngā Raiona o Piritana me Airani i te tau 2017.

I tēnei wā, he kaiako a Randle rāua ko Maddock i te whakataetae Kapu Mitre 10, ko Randle te Kaiako Tuarua mo Waikato, ā ko Maddock te Kaiako Matua o Waitaha.

E rua ngā mētara koura Taumāhekeheke Hoa Whenua ō Randle i a ia i Te Kapa Takiwhitu Ōpango, e rua ana tākaro i te Kapa Ōpango, e whitu hoki ngā kaupeka tākaro mo te Kapa Ōpango Māori.  Ā mohoa nei, he kaiako ia i Waikato, engari i whai wāhi atu ia ki te Kapa Takiwhitu o Hapāni i tā rātau hīkoi ki ngā Taumāhekeheke o Te Ao i te tau 2016, i noho hoki ia hei kaiako mo te Te Kapa Takiwhitu Ōpango i Hong Kong i te tīmatanga o tēnei tau.

Kua whā tau a Maddock e whakaako ana i Waitaha, e 30 ana tākaro mo taua rohe, e 16 hoki ana tākaro mo te kapa Whatumoana.  I roto i ana tukinga e waru mo te Kapa Ōpango Māori, e waru āna panukutanga i mua i tana wehenga ki Europi ki te tākaro mo ngā tau tekau.

Te poraka ō te Kapa Ōpango Māori

Kua whakaputahia te poraka ō te Kapa Ōpango Māori 2018 e aronuitia ana e te tini hei hoko mā te marea.

I tapaina ki te ingoa “Orokohanga” (origins), e hāngai ana ki te hīkoi ā te ira tangata mai i te ira atua ki te ao marama e noho nei tātou.  Ko ngā whakarākei he mea whakaatu i te taonga ā waha o te ao Māori, tēnei mea te pepeha (tribal axiom).  Mā te pepeha e hono ai te tangata ki te whenua (land), ki te whānau (family), ki te taha wairua hoki (spirtually), ā, he āhuatanga whakahirahira, pūioio o te ao Māori.

Mo ngā mokamoka mō te poraka, haere ki te online All Blacks’ Shop.

Te Rātaka Maori o te Kapa Ōpango Māori mo te tau 2018

Chicago, Amerika
Rāhoroi 3 Whiringa ā rangi
V Ngā Kārearea Tāne o Amerika (me te Kapa Rarauhe Pango v Ngā Kārearea Wāhine o Amerika)

Sao Paolo, Pahiria
Rāhoroi 10 Whiringa ā rangi
V Pahiria

Santiago, Tīre
Rāhoroi 17 Whiringa ā rangi
V Tīre



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