Topic: Rugby

Seven Māori players named in All Blacks' RWC squad

By Tamati Tiananga
  • Wellington

Seven Māori players were named in the All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad.  Te Kāea was fortunate to catch up with a few of the players last night at Parliament.

Nehe Milner-Skudder has been selected.  

He says, "Just buzzing right from the start. In the morning getting the phone call I just couldn't believe it, it was a massive shock." 

He's one of the Māori players who has been in-form this season.

Milner-Skudder says, "Yeah it was a pretty proud moment there and telling mum and the rest of the family, just to see the expressions and the hugs, few tears there, so real awesome."

Liam Messam is excited to be named.

He says, "Chur that's pretty mean. I know uncle Matt Te Pou will be pretty proud. Always when you play for the Maori All Blacks the pinnacle is to get the Māori players into the All Blacks. To have seven is pretty cool, not to just represent our country, but our people as well."

Codie Taylor, Dane Coles, Aaron Smith, TJ Perenara and Tawera Kerr-Barlow are the other players selected.