Maori All Blacks team to play Munster

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Maori All Blacks team to play Munster

Friday, 11 November, Limerick (7:30pm UK Time)

The Maori All Blacks have named their team to play Munster in Limerick this week.

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 Reed Prinsep * Canterbury Te Rarawa
7 Shane Christie Tasman Te Ati Haunui a Paparangi / Ngati Kurawhatia
8 Akira Ioane Auckland Ngapuhi / Te Whanau a Apanui
9 Billy Guyton * Tasman Ngapuhi / Ngati Pikiao / Ngati Raukawa
10 Otere Black Manawatu Ngai Tuhoe / Te Whanau-a-Apanui / Ngati Tawharetoa
11 James Lowe Tasman Ngapuhi / Ngai Te Rangi
12 Tim Bateman Canterbury Ngai Tahu
13 Matt Proctor Wellington Ngapuhi / Ngaiterangi
14 Ambrose Curtis * Manawatu Ngai Te Rangi
15 Marty McKenzie Taranaki Ngati Tawharetoa / Ngati Tahinga
16 Leni Apisai * Wellington Ngati Awa
17 Chris Eves Manawatu Waikato / Tainui
18 Marcel Renata Auckland Ngati Whanaunga / Te Aupouri
19 Whetu Douglas * Waikato Ngati Porou / Ngati Whakaue
20 Kara Pryor Northland Ngati Awa / Ngati Pikiao / Ngati Rangitihi
21 Brad Weber Hawkes Bay Ngati Porou
22 Ihaia West Hawkes Bay Ngati Kahungunu / Ngati Porou
23 Jason Emery Manawatu Ngati Haua / Ngati Maniapoto

* = New Cap

Head Coach Colin Cooper has made seven changes to the Maori All Blacks’ run-on side.

The side includes five new caps – Reed Prinsep, Billy Guyton and Ambrose Curtis who will start, while Under 20s captain Leni Apisai and Waikato skipper Whetu Douglas will make their debuts off the bench.

Cooper said the win over the USA last week was satisfying but they were also looking forward to the unique experience of playing in Limerick.

“Our exit plays last week were particularly good and I thought that was the edge that we had over the US. We played a lot of rugby in their half.

“But I think that Munster being another physical pack, particularly at lineout driving time, we will want to play the game in their half.

“We’re expecting a lot of physicality down the back so we’ll be looking to our bench to make an impact.

“This match is a huge game.  I think every player at some stage in their career would like to play Munster in Limerick.  We certainly saw the passion of the people here and the stadium being sold out, Ireland beating the All Blacks at the weekend – it’s got everyone pretty hummed so it will be a mighty contest,” Cooper said.

Expecting the Irish to get behind their team, Cooper said he was expecting some intense noise at Thomond Park Stadium.

“The crowd is like an extra, the 24th person. They are very vocal and very passionate so it will be a challenge for us.

“I’ve always admired Munster from afar.  The people here are pretty passionate, and certainly people here know New Zealand and they know these players – they are very respectful people.

“This game is going to be special.  I’ve always admired Munster from afar and now I’m going to be at the coalface of taking on Munster, it will be a great experience and opportunity to lead such good men like we’ve got in this group.”

Maori All Blacks 2016 Match Schedule

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

v Munster
Friday 11 November, kickoff 7:30pm (Saturday 12th November SKY Sport 8.15am)
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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