Blues men in BaaBaas and Maori ABs

Blues men in BaaBaas and Maori ABs

It will be an inner-family rivalry this Saturday when the New Zealand Barbarians take on the Māori All Blacks at Eden Park.

The two team lists have been announced with five Blues men named in the Barbarians team and four in the Māori All Blacks. Of special note is the new cap for Joe Edwards, who will be donning his first senior black jersey.

Coach Colin Cooper said he was pleased with how the team had recovered from their trip to Fiji and is confident of another committed performance.

“The team showed true determination and resolve in a challenging contest in Fiji and I am sure they will take that commitment into the match against a strong Baabaas side.

“I would love to think we can finish our campaign on a high note and continue the team’s incredible record in a rare performance on home soil, however, we won’t take anything for granted as we are up against a very strong team.

“I am confident it will be a great encounter for the fans with a lot of stake and a number of players on both teams looking to make a case for All Blacks selection.”

The New Zealand Barbarians team is:

  1. Mitchell Graham (Taranaki)
  2. Liam Coltman (Otago)
  3. Ofa Tu’ungafasi (Auckland)
  4. Alex Ainley (Tasman)
  5. Dominic Bird (Canterbury)
  6. Brad Shields (C) (Wellington)
  7. Blake Gibson (Auckland)
  8. Luke Whitelock (Canterbury)
  9. Mitchell Drummond (Canterbury)
  10. Tom Taylor (VC) (Canterbury)
  11. Patrick Osborne (Canterbury)
  12. George Moala (Auckland)
  13. Seta Tamanivalu (Taranaki)
  14. Cory Jane (Wellington)
  15. Andrew Horrell (Hawke’s Bay)
  16. James Parsons (North Harbour)
  17. Reg Goodes (Wellington)
  18. Ben Tameifuna (Waikato)
  19. Mark Reddish (Wellington)
  20. Jordan Taufua (Counties)
  21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (Taranaki)
  22. Ihaia West (Hawke’s Bay)
  23. Richard Buckman (Hawke’s Bay?

The Māori All Blacks team is:
Player / Province / Iwi

  1. Joe Moody / Canterbury / Ngāi Tahu
  2. Ash Dixon / Hawkes Bay / Ngāti Tahinga
  3. Brendon Edmonds / Hawkes Bay / Ngāti Kahungunu
  4. Joe Wheeler / Tasman / Ngāi Tahu
  5. Hayden Triggs / North Harbour / Ngāti Kahungunu
  6. Blade Thomson / Taranaki / Ngāpuhi
  7. Mitchell Crosswell / Taranaki / Ngāti Porou
  8. Elliot Dixon / Southland / Ngāpuhi
  9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow / Waikato / Waikato/Ngāti Maniapoto
  10. Marty McKenzie / Taranaki / Ngāti Tūwharetoa/Ngāti Tahinga
  11. Matt Proctor / Wellington / Ngāpuhi/Ngāiterangi
  12. Charlie Ngatai [C] / Taranaki / Ngāti Porou/Te Whanau-ā-Apanui
  13. Sean Wainui * / Taranaki / Ngāi Tuhoe/Ngāti Porou
  14. Rieko Ioane / Auckland / Ngāpuhi/Te Whānau ā Apanui
  15. Damian McKenzie / Waikato / Ngāti Tūwharetoa/Ngāti Tahinga
  16. Quentin MacDonald / Tasman / Rangitane
  17. Joe Royal / Bay of Plenty / Te Arawa/Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei/Ngāpuhi
  18. Marcel Renata * / Auckland / Ngāti Whanaunga/Te Aupouri
  19. Akira Ioane / Auckland / Ngāpuhi/Te Whānau ā Apanui
  20. Joe Edwards * / Auckland /Te Whakatōhea/Ngāti Tūwharetoa
  21. Brad Weber * / Waikato / Ngāti Porou
  22. Otere Black / Manawatu / Ngāi Tuhoe/Te Whānau-ā-Apanui/Ngāti Tūwharetoa
  23. Codey Rei * / Taranaki / Ngā Ruahine/Te Ātiawa

Match information: New Zealand Barbarians v Māori All Blacks, Saturday 18 July, Eden Park.
• Kick off on Saturday night is at 7.35pm, gates open at 6.00pm
• Tickets for the match are available through Ticketmaster (Adults $30, children $10)
• The match will also be screened live on SKY Sport 1