Chiefs star to make All Blacks debut
Chiefs talent Quinn Tupaea will make his All Blacks debut as New Zealand take on Tonga at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday.
Meanwhile, several representatives from the Bay of Plenty have been named in the Maori All Blacks team to face Manu Samoa in the preceding game.
The Hamilton Boys’ High School alumnus has been in fine form for the Chiefs and has been rewarded with a debut cap by All Blacks head coach Ian Foster.
The Maori All Blacks will line up with four Bay of Plenty players in their starting fifteen, with one on the bench in reserve.
Manaaki Selby-Rickit, Whetukamokamo Douglas, Otere Black and Sean Wainui all start for Clayton McMillan’s side, with Kurt Eklund in reserve.
It is the first time the Maori all Blacks have played at the Auckland ground since 1996 and will be their 125th international match.
“We wanted to give everyone in our 26-man squad the opportunity to pull on the Māori All Blacks jersey,” says McMillan.
It will be a special occasion for Black, who departs New Zealand for new pastures in Japan at the end of the season.
“His knowledge of tikanga Māori, passion for the jersey and contribution to this team is immense,” says McMillan.
“It will be a special occasion on Saturday for Otere and his whānau, and we know both him and the team are wanting to deliver a memorable conference.”
All Blacks team to face Tonga at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, on Saturday, July 3 at 7.05pm.
• Karl Tu’inukuafe (17)
• Dane Coles (74)
• Angus Ta’avao (14)
• Scott Barrett (36)
• Samuel Whitelock (122) – captain
• Akira Ioane (2)
• Dalton Papalii (4)
• Luke Jacobson (2)
• Brad Weber (7)
• Richie Mo’unga (22)
• George Bridge (10)
• Quinn Tupaea (new cap)
• Rieko Ioane (33)
• Will Jordan (2)
• Damian McKenzie (27)
• Asafo Aumua (1)
• George Bower (new cap)
• Tyrel Lomax (6)
• Patrick Tuipulotu (35)
• Ethan Blackadder (new cap)
• Finlay Christie (new cap)
• Beauden Barrett (88)
• Jordie Barrett (23)
Maori All Blacks team to play Manu Samoa at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on Saturday, July 3 at 4.30pm.
• Tamaiti Williams (Canterbury/Crusaders/Ngāpuhi)
• Ash Dixon (Kāpene) © (Hawke’s Bay/Highlanders/Ngāti Tahinga)
• Josh Hohneck (Otago/Highlanders/ Ngāti Manuhiri /Ngāti Whātua)
• Manaaki Selby-Rickit (Bay of Plenty/Highlanders/Ngāti Raukawa/Ngāti Tūwharetoa)
• Pari Pari Parkinson (Tasman/Highlanders/Te Whānau Apanui)
• Reed Prinsep (Canterbury/Hurricanes/Te Rārawa)
• Billy Harmon (Canterbury/Highlanders/Ngāi Tahu)
• Whetukamokamo Douglas (Bay of Plenty/Crusaders/ Ngāti Porou/Ngāti Whakaue)
• Sam Nock (Northland/Blues/Ngāpuhi)
• Otere Black (Bay of Plenty/Blues/Ngāi Tuhoe/Te Whānau ā Apanui/Ngāti Tūwharetoa)
• Sean Wainui (Bay of Plenty/Chiefs/Ngāi Tuhoe/Ngā Arikikaiputahi/Ngāti Porou)
• Alex Nankivell (Tasman/Chiefs/Ngāpuhi)
• Billy Proctor (Wellington/Hurricanes/Ngai Te Rangi/Ngāpuhi)
• Jonah Lowe (Hawke’s Bay/Chiefs/Ngāti Pikiao)
• Josh Ioane (Otago/Highlanders/Te Rārawa)
• Kurt Eklund (Bay of Plenty/Blues/Ngāti Kahu)
• Ollie Norris (Waikato/Chiefs/Ngāpuhi)
• Marcel Renata (Auckland/Blues/ Ngāti Whānaunga/Ngāi Takoto)
• Isaia Walker-Leawere (Hawke’s Bay/Hurricanes/Ngāti Porou)
• Josh Dickson (Otago/Highlanders/Ngāi Tahu)
• Bryn Hall (North Harbour/Crusaders/ Ngāti Ranginui)
• Rameka Poihipi (Canterbury/Chiefs/Ngāti Whakaue)
• Shaun Stevenson (North Harbour/Chiefs/Ngāpuhi)