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West at 10 for Maori All Blacks

07th November 2013 16:25


Ihaia West for Hawke s Bay

Fly-half: Ihaia West

The Maori All Blacks have made six changes to their starting line-up ahead of their fixture against the USA at PPL Park in Philadelphia this Saturday.

On the back of beating Canada 40-15 in their opening match of the North American Tour, the tourists will be looking to make it two from two.

Ash Dixon comes into the side to replace the injured Hika Elliot with Shane Christie and Blade Thomson also joining the forwards up front.

The backline has been reshuffled with Ihaia West earning a starting spot at fly-half and Kurt Baker and Matt Proctor coming into the wing spots.

Maori All Blacks: 15 Robbie Robinson, 14 Kurt Baker, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Tim Bateman (capt), 11 Matt Proctor, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Shane Christie, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Joe Royal, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Nick Barrett, 19 Luke Katene, 20 Elliot Dixon, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Jackson Willison, 23 Zac Guildford.

Date: Saturday, November 9
Kick-off: 19:00 local, 03:00 GMT
Venue: PPL Park, Philadelphia
Referee: Chris Assmus (Canada)

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