NZ Maoris squad to play Australia
May 20, 2001

The New Zealand Maori selectors today named their squad to play Australia in Sydney on 9 June.

New Zealand Maori coach Matt Te Pou said today that the match against the World Cup holders was much anticipated by Maori players and Maoridom in general.

"The New Zealand Maori team has an amazing tradition and just recently has had a seven year, 24 game unbeaten run," Te Pou told the ARU's official website.

"We're proud to be able to put that record on the line against the World Cup holders. But we will not allow the record to disrupt our focus. This game is bigger than that."

"With the All Blacks team to be named on 10 June, the match against Australia is also an opportunity for some of the New Zealand Maori team to shine. Playing for the All Blacks is for Maori players, like all other New Zealanders, the pinnacle and the team would be proud to assist its members to step up."

He said Maori rugby had a tradition of being open, flowing and entertaining and the side would look to continue that against Australia.

"We'll be going out for a quality performance."

The team is:

Kees Meeuws (Otago province, Ngati Whaatua iwi) - Prop
Greg Feek (Canterbury, Te Atiawa) - Prop
Deacon Manu (Waikato, Nga Mahanga a Tairi) - Prop
Slade McFarland (Nth Harbour, Ngai Tuhoe) - Hooker
Norm Hewitt (Wellington, Ngati Kahungunu) - Hooker
Mark Cooksley (Waikato, Tainui) - Lock
Norm Maxwell (Canterbury, Nga Puhi) - Lock
Dion Waller (Wellington, Ngati Tuwharetoa) - Lock
Taine Randell (Otago, Ngati Kahungunu) - Flanker
Troy Flavell (Nth Harbour, Nga Puhi-Ngati Te Ata) - Flanker
Matua Parkinson (Nth Harbour, Te Whanau a Apanui) - Flanker
Deon Muir (Waikato, Tainui) - No. 8 (captain)
Ron Cribb (Nth Harbour, Ngati Porou) - No. 8
Rhys Duggan (Waikato, Ngati Manawa) - Halfback
Brendan Haami (Taranaki, Te Ati Haunui a Paparangi) - Halfback
Carlos Spencer (Auckland, Ngati Raukawa) - 1st Five-Eighth
Glen Jackson (Bay of Plenty, Kai Tahu) - 1st Five-Eighth
Darryl Gibson (Canterbury, Kai Tahu) - 2nd Five-Eighth
Rua Tipoki (Nth Harbour, Ngati Porou-Ngati Kahungunu) - 2nd Five-Eighth
Caleb Ralph (Canterbury, Te Arawa) - Centre
Roger Randle (Waikato, Ngati Kahungunu) - Wing
Bruce Reihana (Waikato, Tainui) - Wing
Brad Fleming (Wellington, Te Arawa) - Wing
Leon MacDonald (Canterbury, Kai Tahu) - Fullback

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