Māori Under 20 rugby team named to play Fiji next weekend in Rotorua

By Te Ao - Māori News

The NZ Māori U20 Rugby Team to play Fiji U20 as the curtain-raiser to the second Māori All Blacks match against Fiji has been named.

With the Māori All Blacks due to fly out to play the Flying Fijians in Suva tomorrow, the next generation of Māori players are set to lock horns with their Fijian counterparts next weekend.

The team will assemble in Rotorua on Sunday, and train throughout the week.  They will have an opposed training session with the Māori All Blacks during the week and will be joined by later in the week by the New Zealand Māori U18 training camp, featuring both boys and girls rugby players from up and down the country.

The New Zealand Māori U20 team to play Fiji next week at Rotorua is:

Kershawl Sykes-Martin 
Nelson Rugby Club 
Ngāti Porou

Te Ariki Te Puni 
University RFC Auckland 
Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou, Rangitāne o Manawatu
Ngāi Te Rangi

Jonas Pomare
Mt Maunganui Sports Club 
Ngāpuhi

**Poukohe Sorensen** 
Te Puna RFC 
Te Arawa, Ngāti Porou

Tyrone Thompson 
Marist St Pats
Ngai Tā Manuhiri, Ngāti Rangiwewehi

Tanara Haenga 
Wainuiomata RFC 
Ngāti Porou

Josh Hill 
University of Otago RFC 
Ngāi Tahu

Leo Ngatai-Tafau 
Ardmore Marist RFC 
Ngāti Porou, Tainui

Keelan Whitman 
Marist St Pats
Ngāti Rangiwewehi

**Cortez-Lee Ratima**
Otorohonga RFC 
Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tama

Leo Thompson 
Marist St Pats 
Ngai Tā Manuhiri, Ngāti Rangiwewehi

Shamus Hurley-Langton 
College Old Boys Wellington 
Te Āti Awa, Taranaki

Samuel Smith 
Wainuiomata RFC 
Ngāti Raukawa, Ngati Kahungunu

Coel Kerr 
Lincoln University RFC 
Ngāti Ranginui

John Croft Cooper
Ponsonby District RFC 
Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngā Puhi, Tūwharetoa

Kaipo Brown 
Tauranga Rugby Sports & Recreation Club 
Te Aupōuri, Te Arawa, Tainui, Ngāi Te Rangi, Te Āti Awa

Dennon Robinson-Bartlett 
Whakarewarewa Community Sports Club 
Ngāti Kahungunu

Tamarau McGahan 
Marist North Harbour 
Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Raukawa

Tobias Wickham-Manuel
Kia Toa RFC 
Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Tahu Kaa
Lincoln University RFC 
Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu

Zarn Sullivan 
College Rifles RFC
Ngāti Kahungunu

Isaac Bracewell 
Wellington Football Club 
Ngāti Maniapoto

Callum Bean
Grammar Tec Auckland
Ngai Tahu, Ngā Puhi

** Availability subject to Club Commitments

Ngā Kaiako/Kaiwhakahaere:

Head Coach: Rua Wanoa 
Ngāti Porou

Forwards Coach: Anthony Rehutai 
Ngāti Porou

Forwards Assistant: Tracey Davis 
Ngāti Whātua

Backs Coach: Stacey Grant 
Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa

Backs Assistant: Joseph Wineera 
Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Koata, Ngāi Tahu

Cultural Advisor: Mihaere Emery 
Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Ngāti Raukawa

Manager: Mark Seymour: 
Ngāti Hikairo

Trainer: Kieran Te Whare
Ngati Tūwharetoa

Physio: Tioke Pryor 
Ngāi Tuhoe. Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Te Rangi

Campaign Manager: Tiki Edwards 
Whakatōhea, Ngāti Raukawa