20 Apr 2010

Maori-Springbok match urged

8:20 am on 20 April 2010

A former Maori All Black coach Matt Te Pou says a Springbok game against the Maori team this winter would be a fair apology for past indignities.

Debate has been raging about whether an apology is needed for past policies like the exclusion of Maori players from tours to South Africa.

Mr Te Pou, who coached the Maori team to victory against the British Lions in 2005, says a mid-week game between the July tests would be seen as a magnificent gesture by current and former players and fans.

He says it wuold be a way to move forward together, and for the Maori team to play one of the top rugby nations in the world.

"Maori players in particular ... always want to play the best, so it would be great for both sides."

Mr Te Pou says a Maori-Springbok game would also be a fitting way to celebrate 100 years of Maori rugby.