Former Woodville player makes Ma¯ ori All Blacks squad
Rob Thompson has made the Ma¯ ori All Blacks squad announced recently for its Chicago and South American tour.
Rob spent his younger days living in Woodville where he went to Woodville School.
He was named the Manawatu¯ Turbos Back of the Year at the Turbos end-ofseason dinner several weeks ago.
Playing in the midfield backs, Rob is of Nga¯ ti Kahungunu/Nga¯ Rauru iwi.
The Ma¯ ori All Blacks will play the USA Eagles in Chicago, as part of a triple Test bonanza which also features the World Champion Black Ferns playing against USA Eagles and Italy v Ireland.
Ma¯ ori Board Chair Dr Farah Palmer, who announced the squad in Auckland, congratulated all those named for the three-match tour starting in Chicago this month.
“The Ma¯ ori All Blacks is a special team that has a unique appeal for fans from New Zealand and all over the world.
“We know the Ma¯ ori All Blacks represent the jersey and their people with great pride when they travel overseas.
“They continue to be an important part of showcasing Ma¯ ori and Ma¯ ori rugby on the world stage.”
Ma¯ ori All Blacks head coach Clayton McMillan said selections for the 27-strong squad had been complex but exciting with some players already named for All Blacks duty in Japan.
McMillan said the departure of some experienced players offshore, and dual duties with the All Blacks, created an opportunity for several new faces.
“We’re looking at almost 10 debutantes which you would expect after some players have moved on,” he said.
“Some of these debutantes have had incredibly strong seasons with their provinces in Mitre 10 Cup, and their Super Rugby clubs, so we are excited to see what they will bring on this tour.”
We know the Ma¯ ori All Blacks represent the jersey and their people with great pride when they travel overseas. They continue to be an important part of showcasing Ma¯ ori and Ma¯ ori ’ rugby on the world stage.
DR FARAH PALMER Ma¯ ori Board chair
Robert Thompson playing for the Turbos is in the Ma¯ ori All Blacks squad.