Maori All Blacks v Moana Pasifika
FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton
The Māori All Blacks v Moana Pasifika match brings together the Māori All Blacks for the only time in 2020 and will mark their first match in Hamilton since playing Samoa during the 2008 Pacific Nations Cup. It will also be the first time a team has played under the Moana Pasifika banner.
New Zealand Rugby General Manager Professional Rugby & Performance Chris Lendrum said the match was a fitting recognition of the contribution the Māori and Pasifika communities had made to rugby in 2020, and a fantastic way to bring the curtain down on a unique year of rugby in New Zealand.
“Rugby has faced unprecedented challenges this year and everyone involved in the game has faced them together, so to bring our Māori All Blacks and Moana Pasifika players together is a great way to celebrate and recognise the value of those communities to the game.
“It's an important match for both teams, as a home match for the Māori All Blacks celebrating a team with a long and proud history in Aotearoa, and for the Moana Pasifika group as we take another step on a journey toward our shared desire to stand up a Pasifika team in a future professional club competition.”
The Māori All Blacks will be coached by Clayton McMillan (Ngāi Te Rangi) who has guided the team to four wins from five matches since being appointed in late 2017 and has been appointed as the interim Chiefs Head Coach for 2021. The Maori All Blacks squad will be named on Monday, 23 November.
FMG Stadium Waikato is best known for rugby in Hamilton. The home of the Chiefs and Waikato Rugby the stadium also has been known to host football and other selected events. A rectangular stadium this venue is ideal for rugby viewing hosting an All Blacks test match most years.
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