Maori All Blacks
Ash Dixon, Captain (Shield Snorters)
Liam Polwart (BOP)
Chris Eves ( N Harbour)
Tyrel Lomax (Ta$man)
Marcel Renata (Auckland)
Ross Wright (Northland)
Tom Franklin (BOP)
Jackson Hemopo (Manawatu)
Jarrad Hoeata (N Harbour)
Keepa Mewett (BOP)
Sam Henwood (Counties Manukau)
Akira Ioane (Auckland)
Jordan Manihera (Waikato)
Dan Pryor (Northland)
Jonathan Ruru (Otago)
Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (Taranaki)
Brad Weber (Shield Snorters)
Jackson Garden-Bachop (Wellington)
Ihaia West (Shield Snorters)
Tim Bateman (Canterbury)
Charlie Ngatai (Taranaki)
Rob Thompson (Canterbury)
Sean Wainui (Taranaki)
Teihorangi Walden (Otago)
Ambrose Curtis (Manawatu)
Edited to add the player's usual positions
@stargazer Where'd you find the list? I've been looking for it everywhere.
Lots of midfielders and not many outside backs.
I couldn't find a list, so I wrote them all down.
Only one real outside back and a lot of midfielders, who'll have to play out of position. Odd. There are plenty of good, Maori outside backs in NZ who would have been good enough for this team.
From the AB website. So midfielders Wainui and Ngatai will play wing/fullback. Surely there must be a better, and real outside back than Wainui?
Chris Eves (Waikato / Tainui) - North Harbour
Ross Wright * (Ngati Whatua) - Northland
Marcel Renata (Ngati Whanaunga / Te Aupouri) - Auckland
Tyrell Lomax * (Ngai Tuhoe / Muaupoko) - Ta$man
Ash Dixon (Ngati Tahinga) - Shield Snorters
Liam Polwart * (Ngati Maru) - Bay of Plenty
Tom Franklin (Ngati Maniapoto) - Bay of Plenty
Jackson Hemopo * (Tuhourangi / Ngati Wahiao) - Manawatu
Jarrad Hoeata (Ngai Tuhoe / Ngati Kahungunu) - North Harbour
Te Keepatakatakaaorangi(Keepa) Mewett * (Te Aupouri) - Bay of Plenty
Dan Pryor (Ngati Awa / Ngati Pikiao / Ngati Rangitihi) - Northland
Sam Henwood * (Ngapuhi / Te Whanau a Apanui) - Counties Manukau
Akira Ioane (Ngapuhi / Te Whanau a Apanui) - Auckland
Jordan Manihera * (Ngati Wairere / Waikato -Tainui) - Waikato
Brad Weber (Ngati Porou) - Shield Snorters
Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (Ngati Pikiao) - Taranaki
Jonathan Ruru * (Ngati Kahungunu / Rongomaiwahine) - Otago
Ihaia West (Ngati Kahungunu / Ngati Porou) - Shield Snorters
Jackson Garden-Bachop* (Ngati Awa) - Wellington
Tim Bateman (Ngai Tahu) - Canterbury
Rob Thompson (Ngati Kahungunu, Nga Rauru) - Canterbury
Teihorangi Walden * (Te Atiawa) - Otago
Sean Wainui (Ngai Tuhoe / Te Aitanga a Mahaki / Nga Arikikaiputahi / Ngati Porou) - Taranaki
Charlie Ngatai (Ngati Porou / Te Whanau a Apanui / Te Whakatohea) - Taranaki
Ambrose Curtis (Ngai Te Rangi) - Manawatu
Two more players will be named later this week. Players unavailable due to injury are: Otere Black, Namatahi Waa, Ben May, Matt Proctor, Jacob Skeen, Kara Pryor, Leighton Price, Elliot Dixon, Bryn Hall.
@nepia No fullbacks in the squad?
Maybe Ngatai is the fullback?
What a weird selection.
At least there's only Keepa Mewett as the random coach home province selection rather than the 2 or 3 Cooper used to include.
Ngatai could probably slot in anywhere from 1-15 according to fern logic.
@stargazer no Declan o Donnell or Jonah Lowe I’m surprised at
Yeah, forgot about Jonah Lowe, he should be there as one of the million midfielders - as he can adequately cover wing.
@No-Quarter Yeah, seems strange Akira isn't getting a look in - although maybe they just want to see him get game time so happy for him to go with the Maori.
A quick look at last year's Maori squad shows that Emery, Guyton and Marty McKenzie have missed out amongst the backs. No Prinsep, Apisai and Kainga in the forwards.
So to answer your question @Nepia, Polwart is a hometown pick.
Has Apisai played much for Wellington this year to warrant his inclusion? Any other hookers out there?
Man, sucks to be the new coach when it comes to selecting outside backs - Cooper could have called on D Mac, NMS, James Lowe with Proctor as a back up and MacMillan is left with Curtis (I always thought Curtis was an Islander and Stevenson was Maori but I got that the wrong way round it seems).
Zac Guildford would have been a handy addition to this team ... (on the field).