New Zealand Maori announce formidable trials squad
May 31, 2000
Match against Scotland in New Plymouth on June 17 sure to have test match intensity.
Amongst the 50 players named for this week's trials, ten are former All Blacks and 29 played in this season's Super 12.The squad will be reduced to 26 on Thursday and will be coached by Matt Te Pou. The Maori have not been defeated for five years but their last game in New Zealand was played against England two years ago. The Maori won that 62-14. The Scots can expect this game to be played with test match intensity and skill. The full squad is :
Backs : Carlos Spencer ( Auckland ), Rico Gear ( Auckland ), Adrian Cashmore (Auckland ), Rameka Poihipi (Bay of Plenty ), Mark Mayerhofler ( Canterbury ), Aaron Flynn ( Canterbury ), Caleb Ralph ( Canterbury ), James Kerr ( Canterbury ), Daryl Gibson ( Canterbury ), Mano Flutey ( Hawkes Bay ), Rua Tipoki ( North Harbour ), Norm Berryman ( Northland ), Jason Hita ( Northland ), Eddie Hekenui ( Otago ), Matthew Carrington ( Otago ), Craig McGrath ( Otago ), Raymond McDonald ( Southland ),Mark Irwin ( Taranaki ), Brendon Haami ( Taranaki ), Kerry Eynon ( Taranaki ) ,Rhys Duggan ( Waikato), Roger Randle ( Waikato ), Bruce Reihana ( Waikato ), Glen Jackson ( Waikato).
Forwards : Paul Thomson (Auckland ) , Blair Urlich ( North Harbour ) , Dean Bassett ( Auckland ) , Thomson Tapsell ( Bay of Plenty ), Wayne Ormond ( Bay of Plenty ), Clayton McMillan ( Bay of Plenty ) , Greg Feek ( Canterbury ), Dallas Seymour ( Canterbury ), Glen Marsh ( Counties Manukau ) , hare Makiri ( Counties Manukau ), John Akurangi ( Counties Manukau ), Reece Robinson ( Hawkes Bay ), Mutu Ngarimu ( Hawkes Bay ), Daniel Godbold ( King Country ),Matua Parkinson (North Harbour ) , Slade McFarland ( North Harbour ), Joe McDonnell ( Otago ), Steve Jackson ( Southland ) , Paul Tito ( Taranaki ), Tama Tuirirangi ( Taranaki ), Dion Muir ( Waikato ), Mark Cooksley ( Waikato ), Dion Waller ( Wellington ) , Norm Hewitt ( Wellington ) , Mike Edwards ( Wellington ).
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