McAlister in Maori side to face England

PA Sport - Mon, 21 Jun 12:15:00 2010

Former Sale Sharks centre Luke McAlister will start for the New Zealand Maori in Wednesday's game against England.

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Maori coach Jamie Joseph has made two changes for the Napier clash following Friday's 31-28 victory over Ireland.

Hawke's Bay flanker Karl Lowe and prop Clint Newland both start against England in their home province.

McAlister and prop Corey Flynn were both members of the Maori team that beat the British and Irish Lions in 2005.

The New Zealand Maori opened their centenary celebrations with a 37-31 win over the New Zealand Barbarians in Whangarei before beating Ireland in Rotorua.

Joseph said: "We have a chance to achieve something really great for Maori on Wednesday night if we can make it three from three.

"This has been a great tour and a fitting celebration of 100 years of Maori rugby, and we are very determined to finish on a high."

New Zealand Maori team: R Robinson (Southland); S Maitland (Canterbury), D Sweeney (Waikato), L McAlister (North Harbour), H Gear (Wellington); S Brett (Canterbury), A Smith (Manawatu); C Newland (Hawke's Bay), C Flynn (Canterbury), B Afeaki (North Harbour), H Triggs (Otago), J Hoeata (Taranaki), K Lowe (Hawke's Bay), T Latimer (Bay of Plenty), L Messam (Waikato, capt).

Replacements: D Coles (Wellington), B Murray (Northland), I Ross (Canterbury), C Bourke (Bay of Plenty), R Tipuna (Wellington), W Ripia (Taranaki), J Willison (Waikato).

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