New Zealand: TJ Perenara and Brad Weber included in Maori All Blacks squad to face Ireland

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 Credit: PA Images
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Excluded All Blacks scrum-halves TJ Perenara and Brad Weber have found some consolation after they were included in Maori All Blacks head coach Clayton McMillan’s squad for their upcoming matches against Ireland.

The Maori All Blacks will host Andy Farrell’s side in two midweek encounters in Hamilton on Wednesday, June 29 and Wellington on Tuesday, July 12.

Four All Blacks in squad

Tyrel Lomax (front-row) and Josh Ioane (fly-half) are the other All Blacks in the group and Perenara’s selection is a momentous one as it is the first time he is called up to the Maori All Blacks squad.

Jermaine Ainsley (front-row), Tyrone Thompson (hooker), loose forward trio Caleb Delany, Te Kamaka “TK” Howden and Cameron Suafoa, Ruben Love (fly-half), Bailyn Sullivan (centre) and outside backs Connor Garden-Bachop, Josh Moorby and Zarn Sullivan are the other newcomers in McMillan’s 28-man squad.

“We are expecting a fierce challenge from Ireland, to be playing a tier one nation at home in Aotearoa has been long awaited,” said McMillan. “The squad named is a mix of experienced players who know how to perform at this level, and players that bring fresh perspective and energy to the game.

“We are lucky to have three experienced All Blacks in the squad in TJ Perenara, Brad Weber and Tyrel Lomax. I’m looking forward to the passion and knowledge they will bring. This is also a great opportunity for our 11 new caps, there is immense pride in pulling on the Māori All Blacks jersey and with that representing their heritage, their whānau, and their country.

“These two fixtures against Ireland will allow players to showcase what they have and put their best foot forward on an international stage. The presence of two former Māori All Blacks in the Ireland side, Jamison Gibson-Park and James Lowe adds to the special nature of this match.”

McMillan is set to name his captain in due course.

Maori All Blacks squad

Forwards: Tamaiti Williams (Canterbury/Crusaders), Ollie Norris (Waikato/Chiefs), Marcel Renata (Auckland/Blues), Jermaine Ainsley (Otago/Highlanders), Tyrel Lomax (Tasman/Hurricanes), Leni Apisai (Auckland), Kurt Eklund (Bay of Plenty/Blues), Tyrone Thompson (Hawke’s Bay/Chiefs), Isaia Walker-Leawere (Hawke’s Bay/Hurricanes), Manaaki Selby-Rickit (Bay of Plenty/Highlanders), Josh Dickson (Otago/Highlanders), Reed Prinsep (Canterbury/Hurricanes), Caleb Delany (Wellington/Hurricanes), Billy Harmon (Canterbury/Highlanders), Te Kamaka (Manawatū/Hurricanes), Cameron Suafoa (Auckland/Blues)

Backs: TJ Perenara (Wellington/Hurricanes), Brad Weber (Hawke’s Bay/Chiefs), Josh Ioane (Otago/Chiefs), Ruben Love (Wellington/Hurricanes), Alex Nankivell (Tasman/Chiefs), Rameka Poihipi (Canterbury/Chiefs), Billy Proctor (Wellington/Hurricanes), Bailyn Sullivan (Waikato/Hurricanes), Connor Garden-Bachop (Wellington/Highlanders), Josh Moorby (Northland/Hurricanes), Zarn Sullivan (Auckland/Blues), Shaun Stevenson (North Harbour/Chiefs)

READ MORE: Ireland: Five uncapped players named by Andy Farrell for mouth-watering New Zealand tour

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