With more news emerging about a Māori All Blacks tour in 2018, it's time to re-post this info in a separate MABs thread:
Both the Black Ferns and Māori All Blacks will play at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Saturday, 3 November (local time).
Match times in NZT:
Sunday, 4 November 2018:
6:00am: USA Eagles (W) v Black Ferns
9:00am: Ireland v Italy
11:15am: USA Eagles (M) v Maori All Blacks
The Māori All Blacks seem set for a South American swing with matches against Brazil and Chile in November. Chile Rugby has confirmed on social media that its national team will face the New Zealand side on November 17 (local time), while reports suggest they will also face Brazil a week earlier in Sao Paolo. Brazil is currently ranked 26th in the world, while Chile is 30th. Brazil recently recorded its biggest ever win earlier this month when they trailed Argentina XV 33-3 and ended up winning 36-33, while the week before they beat Chile 28-12. Before the two South American fixtures, the Māori All Blacks are confirmed for a November 3 match against USA Eagles in Chicago, part of a tripleheader that includes games for the Black Ferns against the USA and Six Nations champions Ireland against Italy.
Māori All Blacks 2018 schedule confirmed (I assume the times below are local times):
Saturday 3 November
v USA Eagles (with Black Ferns v USA Eagles women)
Sao Paolo, Brazil
Saturday 10 November
Saturday 17 November
New assistant coaches
Just as the South American tour was announced, the Maori All Blacks have also confirmed their coaching group for 2018 with Roger Randle and Joe Maddock appointed as Assistant Coaches. Maori All Blacks Coach Clayton McMillan said as former players, Randle and Maddock have the right mix of experience to bring to the Maori All Blacks.
It’s not the first time the three coaches have worked together, as they led the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians against the British & Irish Lions in 2017. Randle and Maddock both currently coach Mitre 10 Cup, with Randle the Assistant for Waikato, and Maddock the Head Coach at Canterbury. Randle, a two-time Commonwealth Games Gold medallist with the All Blacks Sevens, played two matches for the All Blacks and seven seasons with the Maori All Blacks. Currently coaching in Waikato, Randle was involved with the Japan Sevens team for their 2016 Olympic campaign and coached the All Blacks Sevens in Hong Kong earlier this year. Maddock has been coaching in Canterbury for the past four years, having previously played 30 matches for the province and 16 matches for the Crusaders. In eight matches for the Maori All Blacks, Maddock scored eight tries before heading to Europe where he played for ten years.
2018 Māori All Blacks