Māori All Blacks to play Samoa

Māori All Blacks to play Samoa

NZR has announced a series of All Blacks and Māori All Blacks matches to be played in June/July 2021. While the All Blacks will play test matches against Fiji (2) and Tonga, the Māori All Blacks will play two matches against Samoa. The first on Saturday, 26 June 2021 at Sky Stadium in Wellington and the second on Saturday, 3 July 2021 at Mt Smart Stadium (Auckland). The first of these two games hasn't been confirmed by NZR yet, but has been announced by Manu Samoa.

Samoa will also play two RWC2023 qualifiers against Tonga on 10 and 17 July (Auckland and Hamilton).

2021 Māori All Blacks coaching staff

Māori All Blacks Head Coach is once again Clayton McMillan (Chiefs, Interim Head Coach). The names of the assistant coaches haven't been published, yet. In previous years, Roger Randle (Waikato, Assistant Coach) was one of the assistant coaches and he may again be part of McMillan's coaching staff. The other 2020 assistant coach, Tony Brown, won't be available and is likely to be replaced.

The 2021 Māori All Blacks squad

Squad size
The squad will likely consist of no more than 26 players (15 forwards and 11 backs).

I've looked at the availability of players who have been capped for the Māori All Blacks in previous years, are still playing and available (in New Zealand and not injured).

Starting point below is the 2020 squad:

  • Strikethrough: player not or no longer available.
  • Added in italics: players capped before 2020.
  • Asterisk: possible new cap (playing SR and/or Mitre 10 Cup)

LH propPouri Rakete-Stones (also TH), Ross Wright
HookerAsh Dixon, Kurt Eklund, Nathan Harris, Leni Apisai, Joe Royal (also prop), Quentin MacDonald
TH propMarcel Renata, Josh Hohneck (also LH), Tamaiti Williams (also LH), Namatahi Waa
LockIsaia Walker-Leawere, Manaaki Selby-Rickit, Ethan Roots (also loosie), Pari Pari Parkinson, Keepa Mewett, Leighton Price
LoosiesWhetukamokamo Douglas (6/8), Liam Messam (6/8), Billy Harmon (7), Mitch Karpik (injured), Reed Prinsep (6/8)
HalfbackBryn Hall, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Sam Nock, Jonathan Ruru, * Ereatara Enari
First five-eighthOtere Black, Josh Ioane, Marty McKenzie, * Ruben Love
Midfield backsQuinn Tupaea, Billy Proctor, Rameka Poihipi, Alex Nankivell, Rene Ranger
Outside backsKaleb Trask (15), Sean Wainui (also midfield), Shaun Stevenson, Jonah Lowe, Mathew Skipwith-Garland, Jordan Hyland, Nehe Milner-Skudder, * Zarn Sullivan (15/10), * Bailyn Sullivan

Likely to be unavailable due to being named in the All Blacks squad: Codie Taylor, Dane Coles, Tyrel Lomax, Akira Ioane, Brad Weber, Damian McKenzie and Rieko Ioane.

There are a few other players that I haven't included in the list, because I don't know whether they have any Māori lineage. Examples are Josh Goodhue and Lachlan Boshier.

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