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Maori All Blacks team news

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Head coach Jamie Joseph has named his Maori All Blacks team for Tuesday's match against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.

The squad includes 11 players wearing the Maori All Blacks shirt for the first time, with Shane Christie, Elliot Dixon, Frae Wilson, Kade Poki, Charlie Ngatai and Kurt Baker all given a starting place, and Andre Taylor, Quentin MacDonald, Nick Crosswell, Jamieson Gibson-Park, and Declan O'Donnell among the replacements.

Joseph said: "We have a great group of talented players, and we have selected what we think is a very strong team.

"While many in our squad are new to the Maori All Blacks environment, we know that they are experienced Investec Super Rugby and ITM Cup campaigners who we know will be competitive on the field.

“Playing Leicester in front of their home crowd will be something special, and we're really looking forward to this hit-out."

Tickets for Tuesday’s match are available now from the Tigers ticket office. Phone 0844 856 1880 or call in at Welford Road. Office is open 8.30am-5pm Monday and from 8.30am up to kick-off on Tuesday. Or click here to book online and collect on your way to the game. Please note this fixture is not included in Tigers season tickets.

Maori All Blacks team:
15 Andre Taylor
14 Kurt Baker
13 Charlie Ngatai
12 Tim Bateman
11 Kade Poki
10 Willy Ripia
9 Frae Wilson
1 Ben May
2 Hika Elliot
3 Ben Afeaki
4 Jarrad Hoeata
5 Jason Eaton
6 Shane Christie
7 Tanerau Latimer (c)
8 Elliot Dixon

16 Quentin MacDonald
17 Jacob Ellison
18 Bronson Murray
19 Romana Graham
20 Nick Crosswell
21 Jamieson Gibson-Park
22 Jackson Willison
23 Declan O'Donnell