22 Apr 2010

Fishing companies sponsor Maori rigby series

6:51 am on 22 April 2010

Two fishing companies will sponsor the three match series marking the centenary of Maori rugby in New Zealand.

It will start with a match against the New Zealand Barbarians in Whangarei on June 12 before the already announced internationals against Ireland in Rotorua on June 18 and England in Napier five days later.

The sponsors are iwi-owned Aoatearoa Fisheries and Sealord, which is 50 per cent owned by Aotearoa Fisheries and has the naming rights.

The New Zealand Barbarians last assembled in 2003 when they played England and lost 42-17.

They last played the New Zealand Maori in 2002, winning 37-22.