New Zealand Maori Name Strong Squad For Clash With Munster In Thomond Park
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Head Coach Colin Cooper and Assistant Coach Tana Umaga have named a strong Maori All Blacks squad for their November tour which includes a clash with Munster at Thomond Park on Friday November 11th.
Six new caps have been named in the side including this year’s New Zealand U20 captain, Wellington’s Leni Apisai.
Other star players include Chiefs pair of fullback Marty McKenzie (brother of Damian) and winger James Lowe, Hurricanes Super Rugby winning winger Matt Proctor, Blues outhalf Ihaia West, Olympics star Akira Iaone, Highlanders flanker Ash Dixon and All Black scrumhalf Brad Webber.
Their northern tour commences with the Maori All Blacks taking on the USA Eagles in Chicago on Friday November 4th in an historic double header “Rugby Weekend” with the All Blacks playing Ireland at Chicago’s Soldier Field stadium the following evening.
The Maori All Blacks play Munster on Friday November 11th at 7.30pm.
Friday November 4 v USA Eagles, Toyota Park, Chicago
Friday November 11 v Munster, Thomond Park, Limerick
Wednesday November 16 v Harlequins, Twickenham Stoop, London
Maori All Blacks touring squad: Marty McKenzie, James Lowe, Sean Wainui, Jason Emery, Matt Proctor, Tim Bateman, Ihaia West, Otere Black, Brad Weber, Billy Guyton, Whetu Douglas, Akira Ioane, Kara Pryor, Shane Christie, Reed Prinsep, Leighton Price, Jacob Skeen, Tom Franklin, Ben May, Mike Kainga, Chris Eves, Kane Hames, Marcel Renata, Ash Dixon (c), Leni Apisai, Joe Roya