16 Jul 2015

Five new caps for Māori

5:52 pm on 16 July 2015

There are five new caps in the Māori All Blacks team named to play the New Zealand Barbarians at Auckland's Eden Park on Saturday.

The new caps include Taranaki's Sean Wainui at centre in the starting line-up, while Marcel Renata, Joe Edwards, Brad Weber and Codey Rei come into the reserves.

Damian McKenzie playing for the Maori All Blacks against Fiji, 2015.

Damian McKenzie playing for the Maori All Blacks against Fiji in Suva last weekend Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Charlie Ngatai will again captain the side after the team's win in Suva at the weekend.

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."

Cooper's lost two tighthead props with Josh Hohneck in hospital with an infection, while Ben May is injured.

Māori All Blacks:

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 [captain] 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