The Māori All Blacks and Black Ferns name their respective squads for their upcoming American Tour

The Māori All Blacks and Black Ferns have named their respective squads for their upcoming tours, including a historic triple-header Test against the USA in Chicago next month.

The Māori All Blacks will play in the USA, Brazil and Chile, kicking off with the triple-header on the 3rd of November, while the Black Ferns will play in the USA triple-header, along with two Tests against France next month.

FORWARDS

Front Row
Chris Eves (Waikato / Tainui North) – Harbour
Tyrel Lomax (Ngai Tuhoe / Muaupoko) – Tasman
Ben May (Ngati Maniapoto / Waikato) – Hawke’s Bay
Marcel Renata (Ngati Whanaunga / Ngai Takoto) – Auckland
Ross Wright (Ngati Whatua / Ngati Porou) – Northland

Hookers
Robbie Abel * (Ngati Wai, Waikato-Tainui, Ngati Hine) – Auckland
Ash Dixon (C) (Ngati Tahinga) – Hawke’s Bay

Locks
Jackson Hemopo (Tuhourangi / Ngati Wahiao / Ngai Tahu / Ngati Rangi / Ngati Apa ki te Ra To) – Manawatu
Pari Pari Parkinson * (Te Whanau a Apanui) – Tasman
Isaia Walker-Leawere * (Ngati Porou) – Wellington

Loose Forwards
Billy Harmon * (Ngai Tahu) – Cant
Billy Harmon * (Ngai Tahu) – Canterbury
Akira Ioane (Ngapuhi / Te Whanau a Apanui) – Auckland
Mitchell Karpik * (Rongomaiwahine / Ngati Kahungunu) – Bay of Plenty
Hoani Matenga * (Rangitane / Te Whanau a Apanui) – Bay of Plenty
Reed Prinsep (Te Rarawa) – Canterbury

BACKS
Halfbacks
Bryn Hall (Ngati Ranginui) North Harbour
Jonathan Ruru (Ngati Kahungunu / Rongomaiwahine) – Auckland
Brad Weber (Ngati Porou) – Hawke’s Bay

First five-eighths
Otere Black (Ngai Tuhoe / Te Whanau a Apanui / Ngati Tuwharetoa) – Manawatu
Joshua Ioane* (Te Rarawa) – Otago

Midfield backs
Matthew Lansdown* (Te Atiawa) – Waikato
Matt Proctor (Ngai Te Rangi / Ngapuhi) – Wellington
Rob Thompson (Ngati Kahungunu / Nga Rauru) – Manawatu
Teihorangi Walden (Te Atiawa) – Taranaki

Outside backs
Jonah Lowe* (Ngati Pikiao) – Hawke’s
Nehe Milner-Skudder (Ngati Porou / Tapuika) – Manawatu
Shaun Stevenson (Ngapuhi) – North Harbour
Travelling as a replacement for the USA leg only, is Canterbury wing Caleb Makene, of Ngapuhi descent.

The Maori All Blacks will play the USA Eagles in Chicago, as part of a triple Test bonanza also featuring the World Champion Black Ferns against USA Eagles and Italy v Ireland.

The Black Ferns squad to tour the USA and France is (Test caps in brackets. * New cap):

FORWARDS
Eloise Blackwell (34) Auckland
Les Elder (nee Ketu) (11) Bay of Plenty
Fiao’o Faamausili (54) (captain) Auckland
Aldora Itunu (17) Auckland
Linda Itunu (37) Auckland
Pip Love (4) Canterbury
Charmaine McMenamin (16) Auckland
Aleisha Nelson (26) Auckland
Joanah Ngan-Woo* Wellington
Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate (22) Counties Manukau
Marcelle Parkes* Wellington
Jackie Patea-Fereti (14) Wellington
Leilani Perese (2) Counties Manukau
Aroha Savage (30) Counties Manukau
Charmaine Smith (18) Auckland
Cristo Tofa (2) North Harbour

BACKS
Chelsea Alley (17) Waikato
Kendra Cocksedge (44) (vc) Canterbury
Krysten Cottrell (2) Hawke’s Bay
Kiritapu Demant (2) Auckland
Ruahei Demant (2) Auckland
Ayesha Leti-I’iga* Wellington
Kilisitina Moata’ane* Otago
Natahlia Moors* Auckland
Kristina Sue (12) Manawatu
Monica Tagoai* Wellington
Stacey Waaka (13) Waikato
Renee Wickliffe (32) Bay of Plenty
Selica Winiata (33) (vc) Manawatu

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