NZ Barbarians name side to face Māori All Blacks

A huge clash is expected next Saturday when the New Zealand Barbarians take on the Māori All Blacks in Auckland.  The Barbarians have just named their strong line-up.

The match is set to take place at Eden Park, and a few All Black hard-hitters including George Moala, who scored the only All Black try against Samoa on Wednesday, Tom Taylor and Cory Jane will be playing for the Barbarians.

Coaches for the team are HIghlanders assistant coach Scott McLeod, Craig Philpott and Paul Feeney.

McLeod said, "There's a lot of new, emerging and exciting talent, and some who are currently in the All Blacks environment.

Both Blake and Te Toiroa had outstanding campaigns for the New Zealand Under 20.

It's Barbarian tradition to have a young guy involved and we felt comfortable with these guys coming in for the two available slots."

The last time the two teams went head-to-head was five years ago in Whangarei, where the Māori ABs pipped the Barbarians at the post with a 37-31 win.


Here's the New Zealand Barbarians line-up:


Mitchell Graham (Taranaki)

Reg Goodes (Wellington)

Ofa Tu'ungafasi (Auckland)

Ben Tameifuna (Waikato)

Liam Coltman (Otago)

James Parsons (North Harbour)

Alex Ainley (Tasman)

Joseph Wheeler (Tasman)

Dominic Bird (Canterbury)

Brad Shields (Wellington)

Blake Gibson (Auckland)

Luke Whitelock (Canterbury)

Jordan Taufua (Counties)


Mitchell Drummond (Canterbury)

Te Toiroa Tahuiorangi (Taranaki)

Andrew Horrell (Hawke's Bay)

Ihaia West (Hawke's Bay)

George Moala (Auckland)

Seta Tamanivalu (Taranaki)

Patrick Osborne (Canterbury)

Cory Jane (Wellington)

Richard Buckman (Hawke's Bay)

Tom Taylor (Canterbury)