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New caps named in Māori All Blacks team to face Munster

Five new caps in the Māori All Blacks squad will join the starting line-up this weekend in their match against Irish side, Munster.

The starting 15 includes;

Head Coach Colin Cooper says the win over USA last week was satisfying. However, they were also looking forward to the unique experience of playing in Limerick.

“Our exit plays last week were particularly good and I thought that was the edge that we had over the US. We played a lot of rugby in their half.

“But I think that Munster being another physical pack, particularly at lineout driving time, we will want to play the game in their half.

“We’re expecting a lot of physicality down the back so we'll be looking to our bench to make an impact.

“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,” Cooper says.

Thousands are expected to fill Thomond Park Stadium.

“The crowd is like an extra, the 24th person. They are very vocal and very passionate so it will be a challenge for us.

“I’ve always admired Munster from afar.  The people here are pretty passionate, and certainly people here know New Zealand and they know these players - they are very respectful people.

“This game is going to be special.  I’ve always admired Munster from afar and now I’m going to be at the coalface of taking on Munster, it will be a great experience and opportunity to lead such good men like we’ve got in this group."

The match will take place Friday 11 November at 7:30pm.