Maori All-Blacks reveal side to face Munster at Thomond Park

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

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Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

Maori All-Blacks reveal side to face Munster at Thomond Park

MAORI All-Blacks head coach Colin Cooper has named his starting line-up to face Munster in their ‘sold-out’ international fixture at Thomond Park on Friday, 7.30pm.

There are seven changes to the Maori side that defeated USA 54-7 in a dominant display at Toyota Park in Chicago last weekend.

The side includes five new caps - Reed Prinsep, Billy Guyton and Ambrose Curtis named in the starting line-up, while U20s Captain Leni Apisai and Whetu Douglas will make their debuts from the bench.

Head Coach Cooper confimed his side are looking forward to the unique experience of playing in Limerick this Friday, a first encounter for both sides.

"This match is a huge game. I think every player at some stage in their career would like to play Munster in Limerick.

“We certainly saw the passion of the people here and the stadium being sold out, Ireland beating the All Blacks at the weekend - it's got everyone pretty hummed so it will be a mighty contest.” 

MAORI ALL-BLACKS: Marty McKenzie; Ambrose Curtis, Matt Proctor, Tim Bateman, James Lowe; Otere Black, Billy Guyton; Kane Hames, Ash Dixon Capt., Ben May; Leighton Price, Tom Franklin; Reed Prinsep, Shane Christie, Akira Ioane. Replacements: Leni Apisai, Chris Eves, Marcel Renata, Whetu Douglas, Kara Pryor, Brad Webster, Ihaia West, Jason Emery.