The New Zealand Māori Rugby League team assembled last night for the first time in preparation for this weekend's clash against Auckland.
New faces and a new coach but one thing has brought them all together.
Ricky Henry says, “We're Māori, it does give us an edge but at the same time we've got to use it to help us be the best we can be.”
Tony Tuia says, “We have been with our club sides for the past few weeks, and to get away and get together with a bunch of Māoris (sic), it's always awesome. You can't beat that feeling and just rocking up and seeing everyone smiling “chur bro”, you know you can't beat it.”
The team will be without their Warriors' players on Saturday. But it's an opportunity for the next generation of stars.
Taylor Daniels says, “Yeah it's pretty good, I didn't expect to make this side but got selected and feel pretty good and family is pretty proud of me.”
Ricky Henry says, “We are trying to get some progressive steps into the future and a really good time to do it is now.”
On Saturday, the team will go up against Auckland at Puketāwhero Park in Rotorua.