All Blacks squad to play Samoans announced

The Maori All Blacks is a historic team in New Zealand which dates back to 1888, then called the New Zealand Natives, and were the first to wear the famous black jersey.

Despite his father being former All Black Mike Brewer, the 22-year-old has put his support behind the Lions for their tour this year.

The All Blacks' Blues brothers, so to speak, Akira Ioane and Rieko Ioane, along with dynamic Chiefs' scrum-half Tawera Kerr-Barlow have all been included in the Maori starting line-up to face the Lions. He will become New Zealand's 68th test captain and the first fullback to lead the All Blacks since Mils Muliaina in 2009. Though, that is something which he chose no to do following the tour-ending injury to Stuart Hogg.

"We're a week out from the first Test so Saturday's game against the Maori is huge for us, it's like an unofficial fourth Test match".

Left wing Tim Nanai-Williams is one of nine survivors in the match-day squad from the 23 who held the All Blacks to 25-16 in Apia two years ago.

"I use that word... it is not a selfish game but sometimes you have to play well when you need to play well and that day I played alright".

Hansen followed that up with what appeared to be a little dig at the number of southern hemisphere born players in the Lions squad.

New Zealand see the Pacific islanders as a chance to ideal what they learned from watching the Lions in their tour matches, which include a victory against Super Rugby's unbeaten Canterbury Crusaders and defeats to the Auckland Blues and Otago Highlanders. "I think that's what Peter will bring to the team on Saturday".

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The All Blacks-Samoa match kicks off at 8pm on Friday, while Tonga play Wales at 5.30pm.

"One of the reasons we selected Sam as captain of the squad is that he is an absolute quality player", Gatland said.

"The set-piece is always contestable for us. the forwards will definitely have their work cut out, but it's an exciting challenge for them", he said.

O'Mahony could prove a genuine captaincy option for the Lions' first Test, with tour skipper Sam Warburton still scrambling for full match sharpness after ankle trouble.

Fortunately for O'Mahony, he got his opportunity earlier that that, regaining fitness to be named on Ireland's bench for the closing fixture of the tournament at home against England.

"They've been successful, guys around me have been successful and the amount of people I've learnt off - not just the captains who I've been involved with, but the other players I've been around as well".

Ben Te'o said: "All I have been focussing on this week is getting my body right, making sure I'm physically right to go".

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