Rupeni Caucaunibuca headlines a trio of Northlanders who take the field for the Classic All Blacks tomorrow.
Caucau is joined by William Whetton and Derek Carpenter when they take on the Flying Fijians, as part of the centennial celebrations of the Fijian Rugby Union.
However, those wanting to watch the game live are out of luck as the day-time match will be televised on Maori Television at 9.30pm tomorrow night.
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Confirmed players for the Classic All Blacks side are Orene Ai’i, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Joe Rokocoko, Sam Tuitupou, Adam Thompson, Murray Williams, Chris Masoe, Jerry Collins, Rodney So’oialo, Caucau, William Whetton, Kevin Senio, Jack Whetton, Bradley Mika, Joe Ward, Justin Marshall, Jay Williams, Alex Woonton, Derek Carpenter and Jason Rutledge.
The New Zealand Rugby Union has been criticised recently for taking on the French in a three-test series, rather than going to Fiji to celebrate their 100th anniversary.
NZRU general manager of strategic relationships and partnerships Nigel Cass says an alternative of sending the Maori All Blacks was proposed instead – but in November, not June, as the Fijians requested. There were issues, due to the needs of Super Rugby franchises during the June international rugby window, around player and coach release.
Nor is the Classic All Blacks friendly in line with the wider financial commitment the IRB has made to the region.
IRB chief executive Brett Gosper said: “Fiji has been a huge contributor to world rugby, especially in terms of sevens and drawing attention to the Olympic movement.”
Source: Cameron Leslie | www.northernadvocate.co.nz
Classic All Blacks
The Classic All Blacks is a New Zealand Rugby Union made up of the finest All Blacks Players who were no longer contracted to the New Zealand Rugby Union. Formed in 2007, the team has played Japan on three occasions winning all meetings, English Aviva Premiership side Leicester Tigers and Classic teams from France and Australia
In 2013, the side will playe the Flying Fijians as part of Fiji’s Centennial anniversary, celebrating 100 years of Fijian rugby.
Current squad as of May 16 2013
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-IRB nationality.
|9 May 2007||Home’s Stadium Kobe, Kobe||Japan||26 – 35||Classic All Blacks||2007 Japan tour|
|12 May 2007||Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo||Japan||6 – 36||Classic All Blacks|
|25 May 2008||Welford Road Stadium, Leicester||Leicester Tigers||26 – 41||Classic All Blacks|
|31 May 2008||Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo||Japan||13 – 15||Classic All Blacks||2008 Japan tour|
|11 March 2011||Ballymore Stadium, Queensland||Classic Wallabies||20 – 58||Classic All Blacks|
|18 Sept 2011||Queenstown Recreation Ground, Queensland||Classic All Blacks||57 – 15||French Classics|
|12 June 2013||ANZ Stadium, Suva||Fiji||–||Classic All Blacks|
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