February 01, 2017
Maori rugby good prep for Tens
Strong performances in last year’s short northern hemisphere tour has helped propel numerous Maori All Blacks into the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens.
The five New Zealand franchises also named nine All Blacks including Nehe Milner-Skudder, Cory Jane and Liam Messam, several Sevens, a veteran Wallaby and some emerging stars in their squads.
The Blues can boast four Maori All Blacks – Kara Pryor, Marcel Renata, Joe Royal, and Billy Guyton.
The Hurricanes have five – Chris Eves, Mike Kainga, Reed Prinsep, Otere Black, and Matt Proctor, while the Crusaders can field Marty McKenzie, Tim Bateman, Whetu Douglas, and Sean Wainui.
Jason Emery and Tom Franklin were picked for the Highlanders, and Brad Weber for the Chiefs.
Duco Australia spokesperson Rachael Carroll says the Brisbane Global Tens will be the greatest collection of elite rugby players in one city outside of a world cup.
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