Topic: Rugby

Māori All Blacks announced for 2015

By Tepara Koti
  • Wellington

Ten new caps have been named with the full 2015 Māori All Blacks squad set to play Fiji and the New Zealand Barbarians next month.

Tom Franklin, Mike Kainga, James Lowe, Sean Polwart, Dan Pryor and Joe Webber were not available due to injury.

The 27-strong squad departs for Fiji on Wednesday 8 July.

Coach Colin Cooper said the 2015 squad was an exciting mix of experienced hands and promising young talent, “This is a well-balanced side with some very experienced campaigners who have now played on several tours and know our systems well.  I'll be expecting them to lead by example and show the new boys the high standards we expect."

FORWARDS

HOOKERS

Joe Royal (Te Arawa/Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei/Ngāpuhi) - Bay of Plenty

Ash Dixon (Ngāti Tahinga) - Hawke's Bay

Quentin MacDonald* (Rangitāne) - Tasman

PROPS

Chris Eves (Tainui) - Manawatu

Brendon Edmonds (Ngāti Kahungunu) - Hawke's Bay

Josh Hohneck* (Ngāti Whātua/Ngāti Manuhiri) - Waikato

Ben May (Ngāti Maniapoto) - Wellington

LOCKS

Hayden Triggs (Ngāti Kahungunu) - Auckland

Jacob Skeen* (Ngāpuhi) - Waikato

Blade Thomson (Ngāpuhi) - Taranaki

LOOSE FORWARDS 

Shane Christie (Te Atihaunui-a-Pāpārangi/Ngāti Kurawhatia) - Tasman

Elliot Dixon (Ngāpuhi) - Southland

Akira Ioane* (Te Whānau-a-Apanui) - Auckland

Heiden Bedwell-Curtis (Ngāpuhi) - Manawatu

Mitchell Crosswell (Ngāti Porou) - Taranaki

BACKS

HALFBACKS

Jamison Gibson-Park (Ngāti Porou/Ngā Tai) - Taranaki

Brad Weber* (Ngāti Porou) - Waikato

FIRST FIVE-EIGHTH

Damian McKenzie* (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) - Waikato

Otere Black* (Ngāi Tuhoe/Te Whānau-a-Apanui/Ngāti Tūwharetoa) - Manawatu

MIDFIELD BACKS

Jason Emery (Ngāti Haua/Ngāti Maniapoto) - Manawatu

Charlie Ngatai (c) (Ngāti Porou/Te Whānau-a-Apanui) - Taranaki

Sean Wainui* (Ngāi Tuhoe/Ngāti Porou) - Taranaki

OUTSIDE BACKS

Kurt Baker (Ngāpuhi) - Taranaki

Rieko Ioane* (Te Whānau-a-Apanui) - Auckland 

Marty McKenzie (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) - Taranaki

Matt Proctor (Ngāi te Rangi/Ngāpuhi) - Wellington

Codey Rei* (Ngā Ruahine/Te Ātiawa) - Taranaki

*new cap

Māori All Blacks 2015 matches

Saturday 11 July v Fiji, ANZ National Stadium, Suva - Kick-off 3pm

Saturday 18 July v New Zealand Barbarians, Eden Park, Auckland - Kick-off 7:35pm