Seven Blues players named in North squad

Seven Blues players named in North squad

Seven Blues players have been named in the North team for the June 10 encounter with the South team.
Forwards Tom McCartney, Filo Paulo and Luke Braid are joined by backs Alby Mathewson, Hadleigh Parkes, David Raikuna and Lachie Munro.
The squads boast a number of former All Blacks, players in the All Blacks wider training group, hardened Investec Super Rugby players, up and comers and a member of the IRB Sevens World Series winning New Zealand team.
The 44 players selected from Investec Super Rugby franchises are:

North team

Forwards:
Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (Hurricanes)
Toby Smith (Chiefs)
Josh Hohneck (Chiefs)
Dane Coles (Hurricanes)
Tom McCartney (Blues)
James Broadhurst (Hurricanes)
Michael Fitzgerald (Chiefs)
Filo Paulo (Blues)
Faifili Levave (Hurricanes)
Brad Shields (Hurricanes)
Scott Waldrom (Chiefs)
Luke Braid (Blues)
Backs:
Brendon Leonard (Chiefs)
Alby Mathewson (Blues)
Andrew Horrell (Chiefs)
Hadleigh Parkes (Blues)
Richard Buckman (Hurricanes)
Charles Piutau (New Zealand Sevens)
David Raikuna (Blues)
Lelia Masaga (Chiefs)
Lachie Munro (Blues)
Robbie Robinson (Chiefs)

South Island

Forwards:
Jamie Mackintosh (Highlanders)
Chris King (Highlanders)
Ma’afu Fia (Highlanders)
Jason Rutledge (Highlanders)
Quentin MacDonald (Crusaders)
Jarrad Hoeata (Highlanders)
Tom Donnelly (Crusaders)
Culum Retallick (Highlanders)
Tim Boys (Highlanders)
Scott Fuglistaller (Highlanders)
Matt Todd (Crusaders)
Luke Whitelock (Crusaders)
Backs:
Jimmy Cowan (Highlanders)
Willi Heinz (Crusaders)
Tom Marshall (Crusaders)
Glenn Dickson (Highlanders)
Kendrick Lynn (Highlanders)
Adam Whitelock (Crusaders)
Kade Poki (Highlanders)
Buxton Poppali’i (Highlanders)
Patrick Osbourne (Crusaders)
Kurt Baker (Highlanders)
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Coaches for both teams said the calibre of the teams meant fans could look forward to an entertaining as well as historic encounter at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The match is the first North v South clash since 1995 which was also played in Dunedin.
South coach Tony Gilbert said he was grateful so many players had made themselves available for selection.
“We know how intense the rugby season is these days so it’s great that so many have been willing to put their hand up for the match which aims to thank the local community for supporting the Otago Rugby Football Union at this time.
“It should be a top match. There are a number of players in both teams who are on the fringe of All Blacks selection so I am sure they will have plenty to play for. And I know these festival style matches are always great entertainment so I think fans are in for a treat on Sunday.”
North coach Graham Mourie said he was sure his team would be working hard to make the match an exciting spectacle in the manner of past encounters.
“I have fond memories of these matches so I am really looking forward to rekindling that rivalry, in the magnificent Forsyth Barr Stadium. I’ve also got a score to settle having captained the North side which got thumped by the South in 1982!”