Maori All Blacks squad named for historic tour

Maori All Blacks squad named for historic tour

The Maori All Blacks squad to play in the USA, Brazil and Chile for their end of year tour, has been named today.


Five players in Japan with the All Blacks will later join the Maori All Blacks tour for the South American leg. They are prop Tyrel Lomax, lock Jackson Hemopo, halfback Bryn Hall, midfielder Matt Proctor and winger Nehe Milner-Skudder.



The team will travel with 28 players to Chicago, including Canterbury’s Caleb Makene who will return to New Zealand after the USA match.

There are nine new faces in the squad; hooker Robbie Abel, locks Isaia Walker-Leawere and giant Pari Pari Parkinson (who stands at 2.04cm), loose forwards Hoani Matenga, Billy Harmon, and Mitchell Karpik, first five-eighth Joshua Ioane, midfielder Matthew Landsown and outside back Jonah Lowe.

The Maori All Blacks squad (with Iwi/tribe and Province) for the tour is (*denotes uncapped):

 
FORWARDS

Front Row
Chris Eves (Waikato / Tainui North) - Harbour
Tyrel Lomax (Ngai Tuhoe / Muaupoko) - Tasman
Ben May (Ngati Maniapoto / Waikato) - Hawke’s Bay
Marcel Renata (Ngati Whanaunga / Ngai Takoto) - Auckland
Ross Wright (Ngati Whatua / Ngati Porou) - Northland

Hookers
Robbie Abel * (Ngati Wai, Waikato-Tainui, Ngati Hine) - Auckland
Ash Dixon (C) (Ngati Tahinga) - Hawke’s Bay
 
Locks
Jackson Hemopo (Tuhourangi / Ngati Wahiao / Ngai Tahu / Ngati Rangi / Ngati Apa ki te Ra To) - Manawatu
Pari Pari Parkinson * (Te Whanau a Apanui) - Tasman
Isaia Walker-Leawere * (Ngati Porou) - Wellington
 
Loose Forwards
Billy Harmon * (Ngai Tahu) - Canterbury
Akira Ioane (Ngapuhi / Te Whanau a Apanui) - Auckland
Mitchell Karpik * (Rongomaiwahine / Ngati Kahungunu) - Bay of Plenty
Hoani Matenga * (Rangitane / Te Whanau a Apanui) - Bay of Plenty
Reed Prinsep (Te Rarawa) - Canterbury
 
BACKS

Halfbacks
Bryn Hall (Ngati Ranginui) North Harbour
Jonathan Ruru (Ngati Kahungunu / Rongomaiwahine) - Auckland
Brad Weber (Ngati Porou) - Hawke’s Bay
 
First five-eighths
Otere Black (Ngai Tuhoe / Te Whanau a Apanui / Ngati Tuwharetoa) - Manawatu
Joshua Ioane* (Te Rarawa) - Otago
 
Midfield backs
Matthew Lansdown* (Te Atiawa) - Waikato
Matt Proctor (Ngai Te Rangi / Ngapuhi) - Wellington
Rob Thompson (Ngati Kahungunu / Nga Rauru) - Manawatu
Teihorangi Walden (Te Atiawa) - Taranaki
 
Outside backs
Jonah Lowe* (Ngati Pikiao) - Hawke’s Bay
Nehe Milner-Skudder (Ngati Porou / Tapuika) - Manawatu
Shaun Stevenson (Ngapuhi) - North Harbour
 
 
Maori All Blacks Match Schedule (Kickoff times are local)

v USA
Soldier Field, Chicago, USA
Saturday 3 November
Kickoff: 6pm
(Sunday 4 November 12pm NZT)

v Brazil
Estadio Do Morumbi, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Saturday 10 November
Kickoff: 8pm
(Sunday 11 November 11am NZT)

v Chile
Estadio San Carlos De Apoquindo, Las Condes, Chile
Saturday 17 November
Kickoff: 4pm
(Sunday 11 November 9am NZT)

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