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Maori All Blacks named for tour closing match

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Maori All Blacks named for tour closing match against Harlequins
v Harlequins at The Stoop, Twickenham
Wednesday 16 November, London 7:45pm (8:45am Thursday NZT)

The Maori All Blacks side to play Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop on Thursday morning (NZT) has been named.

The team is:

  Province Iwi
1 Kane Hames Tasman Ngai Tuhoe / Ngati Porou
2 Ash Dixon (Capt) Hawkes Bay Ngati Tahinga
3 Ben May Hawkes Bay Ngati Maniapoto / Tainui
4 Leighton Price Taranaki Waikato / Ngati Maniapoto
5 Tom Franklin Otago Ngati Maniapoto
6 Whetu Douglas Waikato Ngati Porou / Ngati Whakaue
7 Shane Christie Tasman Te Ati Haunui a Paparangi / Ngati Kurawhatia
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 Sean Wainui Taranaki Ngai Tuhoe/Te aitanga a Mahaki/Nga Arikikaiputahi/ Ngati Porou
12 Tim Bateman / Canterbury Ngai Tahu
Jason Emery Manawatu Ngati Haua / Ngati Maniapoto
13 Matt Proctor Wellington Ngapuhi / Ngaiterangi
14 Ambrose Curtis Manawatu Ngai Te Rangi
15 James Lowe Tasman Ngapuhi / Ngai Te Rangi
16 Joe Royal Bay Of Plenty Te Arawa / Ngati Whatua o arakei / Ngapuhi
17 Chris Eves Manawatu Waikato / Tainui
18 Marcel Renata Auckland Ngati Whanaunga / Te Aupouri
19 Jacob Skeen Waikato Ngapuhi
20 Reed Prinsep Canterbury Te Rarawa
21 Billy Guyton Tasman Ngapuhi / Ngati Pikiao / Ngati Raukawa
22 Otere Black Manawatu Ngai Tuhoe/Te Whanau-a-Apanui/Ngati Tawharetoa
23 Jason Emery / Manawatu Ngati Haua / Ngati Maniapoto
Marty McKenzie Taranaki Ngati Tawharetoa / Ngati Tahinga

Head Coach Colin Cooper has made three changes to his run-on side for their tour closing match against the Harlequins.  Whetu Douglas will start 6, Sean Wainui gets a run on the wing, moving James Lowe to fullback.

The Maori All Blacks are looking to end their tour on a high note after their 27-14 loss to Munster in front of a sold-out Limerick crowd.

“We’ve gone for the most experienced team we can just because of the way the game is played over here.

“We’ve had to re-programme to adjust from playing the style of rugby we play back home to better adjust to the way they play rugby up here,” Cooper said.

“It’s been a good learning for the players and for us as coaches.  We turned up in Munster on the back of a win in the US, and we weren’t ready for the style of rugby, particularly given the conditions, we faced in Munster,” he said.

Cooper reflected on the tour and said the learnings would be important as they build toward the Maori All Blacks fixture against the British and Irish Lions next year.

“Knowing that the Lions will probably play a similar style, it has been a good learning curve for us, and given us a good focus for our training this week.

“These guys here have a great opportunity to be part of the Lions, but again, players in Super Rugby in 2017 will have a great opportunity to play for a spot in the team, so that will be exciting to watch,” Cooper said.

Maori All Blacks 2016 Match Schedule

USA 7 v MABs 54
Friday 4 November
Toyota Park, Chicago

Munster 27 v MABs 14
Friday 11 November
Thomond Park Stadium, Limerick

v Harlequins
Wednesday16 November, kickoff 7:45pm
Twickenham Stoop, London

Management Team
Head Coach – Colin Cooper, Ngati Pakenga / Ngati Porou
Asst Coach – Tana Umaga
Set Piece Coach – Carl Hoeft
Manager – Tony Ward
Kaumatua – Luke Crawford, Ngati Tawharetoa / Ngati Porou




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