2014 Māori All Blacks tour of Japan

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2014 Māori All Blacks tour of Japan
Date 1 – 8 November
Coach(es) New Zealand Colin Cooper
Tour captain(s) Charlie Ngatai
Top point scorer(s) Ihaia West (31)
Top try scorer(s) Jason Emery (2)
Nehe Milner-Skudder (2)
Tour chronology
Previous tour 2013

On 7 July 2014, it was announced by the New Zealand Rugby Union that the Māori All Blacks would play a three-match Asian Series, including two matches against the Japanese national team and a match against an invitational Asian Pacific Barbarians (APB) team - a side made up from top Asian and Polynesian players and coached by Tana Umaga.[1] The APB match was set to take place at the newly opened National Stadium in Singapore, but due to concerns over the safety of the playing surface at the stadium, the match was cancelled on 21 October 2014.[2] For Japan, the second a third meeting between the two teams goes ahead a scheduled with the 2013 tour coach Colin Cooper remaining as head coach.

Matches[edit]

First match[edit]

1 November 2014
14:00 JST (UTC+9)
Japan  21–61 Māori people Māori All Blacks
Try: Penalty try (2) 25' c, 73' c
Lelei Mafi 52' c
Con: Goromaru (3/3) 27', 53', 73'
Report[3] Try: Eves 7' m
Emery (2) 20' c, 34' c
Polwart 23' c
West 46' c
Milner-Skudder 55' m
Ngatai 63' c
Lowe 76' c
Con: West (6/8) 21', 24', 35', 47', 64', 77'
Pen: West (3/5) 14', 17', 40'
Noevir Stadium, Kobe [4]
Attendance: 21,234
Referee: Luke Pearce (England)
FB 15 Ayumu Goromaru
RW 14 Kotaro Matsushima
OC 13 Harumichi Tatekawa Substituted off 60'
IC 12 Male Sa'u
LW 11 Akihito Yamada Substituted off 53'
FH 10 Yuu Tamura Substituted off 40'
SH 9 Atsushi Hiwasa
N8 8 Hayden Hopgood Substituted off 49'
OF 7 Michael Leitch (c)
BF 6 Hendrik Tui
RL 5 Shoji Ito Substituted off 53'
LL 4 Luke Thompson
TP 3 Kensuke Hatakeyama Substituted off 64'
HK 2 Takeshi Kizu Substituted off 70'
LP 1 Masataka Mikami Substituted off 17'
Replacements:
PR 16 Keita Inagaki Substituted in 17'
HK 17 Hiroki Yuhara Substituted in 70'
PR 18 Shinnosuke Kakinaga Substituted in 64'
LK 19 Shinya Makabe Substituted in 53'
N8 20 Amanaki Lelei Mafi Substituted in 49'
SH 21 Keisuke Uchida Substituted in 60'
FH 22 Kosei Ono Substituted in 40'
WG 23 Karne Hesketh Substituted in 53'
Coach:
Australia Eddie Jones
FB 15 Robbie Robinson Substituted off 56'
RW 14 Matt Proctor
OC 13 Jason Emery Substituted off 54'
IC 12 Charlie Ngatai (c)
LW 11 James Lowe
FH 10 Ihaia West
SH 9 Chris Smylie Substituted off 56'
N8 8 Elliot Dixon Substituted off 49'
OF 7 Sean Polwart
BF 6 Blade Thomson
RL 5 Hayden Triggs Substituted off 53'
LL 4 Tom Franklin
TP 3 Mike Kainga Substituted off 59'
HK 2 Ash Dixon Substituted off 22'
LP 1 Chris Eves Substituted off 65'
Replacements:
HK 16 Codie Taylor Substituted in 22'
PR 17 Joe Royal Substituted in 65'
PR 18 Nick Barrett Substituted in 59'
FL 19 Nick Crosswell Substituted in 53'
FL 20 Dan Pryor Substituted in 49'
SH 21 Jamison Gibson-Park Substituted in 56'
FH 22 Marty McKenzie Substituted in 56'
WG 23 Nehe Milner-Skudder Substituted in 54'
Coach:
New Zealand Colin Cooper

Touch judges:
Angus Gardner (Australia)
James Leckie (Australia)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Second match[edit]

8 November 2014
14:00 JST (UTC+9)
Japan  18–20 Māori people Māori All Blacks
Try: Yamada 38' m
Penalty try 47' c
Con: Goromaru (1/2) 48'
Pen: Goromaru (2/3) 54', 72'
Report[5] Try: Taylor 16' c
Milner-Skudder 22' m
Pryor 80' m
Con: West (1/2) 17'
Pen: West (1/2) 31'
FB 15 Ayumu Goromaru
RW 14 Karne Hesketh
OC 13 Kotaro Matsushima
IC 12 Male Sa'u Substituted off 73'
LW 11 Akihito Yamada Substituted off 48'
FH 10 Kosei Ono
SH 9 Atsushi Hiwasa
N8 8 Amanaki Lelei Mafi
OF 7 Michael Leitch (c) Substituted off 75'
BF 6 Hendrik Tui
RL 5 Shinya Makabe Substituted off 65'
LL 4 Luke Thompson
TP 3 Kensuke Hatakeyama
HK 2 Takeshi Kizu Substituted off 58'
LP 1 Keita Inagaki
Replacements:
PR 16 Yusuke Nagae
HK 17 Hiroki Yuhara Substituted in 58'
PR 18 Shinnosuke Kakinaga
LK 19 Hitoshi Ono Substituted in 65'
N8 20 Hayden Hopgood Substituted in 75'
SH 21 Keisuke Uchida
FH 22 Harumichi Tatekawa Substituted in 68'
CE 23 Ryohei Yamanaka Substituted in 73'
Coach:
Australia Eddie Jones
FB 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder Substituted off 65'
RW 14 Kurt Baker
OC 13 Matt Proctor
IC 12 Charlie Ngatai (c)
LW 11 James Lowe
FH 10 Ihaia West Substituted off 58'
SH 9 Chris Smylie Substituted off 72'
N8 8 Elliot Dixon
OF 7 Sean Polwart Substituted off 46'
BF 6 Dan Pryor
RL 5 Blade Thomson
LL 4 Tom Franklin Temporarily suspended from 6' to 16' 6' to 16' Substituted off 58'
TP 3 Mike Kainga
HK 2 Codie Taylor Substituted off 72'
LP 1 Chris Eves Substituted off 58'
Replacements:
HK 16 Joe Royal Substituted in 72'
PR 17 Brendon Edmonds Substituted in 58'
PR 18 Nick Barrett
LK 19 Hayden Triggs Substituted in 58'
N8 20 Mitchell Crosswell Substituted in 46'
SH 21 Jamison Gibson-Park Substituted in 72'
FH 22 Marty McKenzie Substituted in 58'
WG 23 Joe Webber Substituted in 65'
Coach:
New Zealand Colin Cooper

Touch judges:
Luke Pearce (England)
James Leckie (Australia)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Asian Pacific Barbarians[edit]

15 November 2014
14:30 SST (UTC+8)
Asia Pacific Dragons Cancelled Māori people Māori All Blacks

Squads[edit]

Note: Caps, ages and clubs are to 1 November, pre first match.

Māori All Blacks[edit]

New Zealand Māori 27-man squad for the 2014 Japanese November Tour was announced on 21 October.[6]

On 26 October, Nick Crosswell, Mitch Crosswell and Hayden Triggs were added to the squad to replace the injured Shane Christie, Liam Squire and Joe Wheeler respectively.[7]

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Club/province Iwi
Ash Dixon Hooker (1988-09-10)10 September 1988 (aged 26) New Zealand Hawke's Bay Ngāti Tahinga
Joe Royal Hooker (1985-05-31)31 May 1985 (aged 29) New Zealand Bay of Plenty Te Arawa / Ngāti Whātua
Codie Taylor Hooker (1991-03-31)31 March 1991 (aged 23) New Zealand Canterbury Ngāti Kahungunu / Muaūpoko
Nick Barrett Prop (1988-11-01)1 November 1988 (aged 26) New Zealand Auckland Ngāti Kahungunu
Brendon Edmonds Prop (1990-11-28)28 November 1990 (aged 23) New Zealand Hawke's Bay Ngāti Kahungunu
Chris Eves Prop (1987-12-11)11 December 1987 (aged 26) New Zealand Manawatu Tainui
Mike Kainga Prop (1991-01-28)28 January 1991 (aged 23) New Zealand Bay of Plenty Ngāti Kahungunu
Tom Franklin Lock (1990-08-11)11 August 1990 (aged 24) New Zealand Otago Ngāti Maniapoto
Hayden Triggs Lock (1982-02-22)22 February 1982 (aged 32) New Zealand North Harbour Ngāti Kahungunu
Joe Wheeler Lock (1987-10-20)20 October 1987 (aged 27) New Zealand Tasman Ngāi Tahu
Shane Christie Flanker (1985-09-23)23 September 1985 (aged 29) New Zealand Tasman Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi
Nick Crosswell Flanker (1986-04-03)3 April 1986 (aged 28) New Zealand Manawatu Ngāti Porou
Sean Polwart Flanker (1990-04-14)14 April 1990 (aged 24) New Zealand Auckland Ngāti Pūkenga / Ngāti Maru
Dan Pryor Flanker (1988-04-14)14 April 1988 (aged 26) New Zealand Northland Ngāpuhi / Ngāti Pikiao
Mitchell Crosswell Number 8 (1988-11-14)14 November 1988 (aged 25) New Zealand Taranaki Ngāti Porou
Blade Thomson Number 8 (1990-12-04)4 December 1990 (aged 23) New Zealand Taranaki Ngāpuhi
Liam Squire Number 8 (1991-03-20)20 March 1991 (aged 23) New Zealand Tasman Ngāi Tahu
Elliot Dixon Number 8 (1989-09-04)4 September 1989 (aged 25) New Zealand Southland Ngāpuhi
Jamison Gibson-Park Scrum-half (1992-02-23)23 February 1992 (aged 22) New Zealand Taranaki Ngāti Porou / Ngāi Tai
Chris Smylie Scrum-half (1982-03-22)22 March 1982 (aged 32) New Zealand Taranaki Ngāti Mutunga
Marty McKenzie Fly-half (1992-08-14)14 August 1992 (aged 22) New Zealand Taranaki Ngāti Tūwharetoa
Ihaia West Fly-half (1992-01-16)16 January 1992 (aged 22) New Zealand Hawke's Bay Ngati Kahungunu / Ngāti Porou
Jason Emery Centre (1993-09-21)21 September 1993 (aged 21) New Zealand Manawatu Ngāpuhi / Ngāti Maniapoto
Charlie Ngatai (c) Centre (1990-08-17)17 August 1990 (aged 24) New Zealand Taranaki Ngāti Porou / Te Whanau-a-Apanui
James Lowe Centre (1992-07-08)8 July 1992 (aged 22) New Zealand Tasman Ngāpuhi / Ngāi Te Rangi
Nehe Milner-Skudder Wing (1990-12-15)15 December 1990 (aged 23) New Zealand Manawatu Ngāti Porou / Tapuika
Matt Proctor Wing (1992-10-26)26 October 1992 (aged 22) New Zealand Wellington/Hurricanes Ngāi Te Rangi / Ngāpuhi
Joe Webber Wing (1993-08-27)27 August 1993 (aged 21) New Zealand Waikato Ngāti Ranginui
Kurt Baker Fullback (1988-10-07)7 October 1988 (aged 26) New Zealand Taranaki/Highlanders Ngāpuhi
Robbie Robinson Fullback (1989-08-22)22 August 1989 (aged 25) New Zealand Southland/Chiefs Ngāti Tuwharetoa

Japan[edit]

Japanese 30-man squad for two uncapped matches against the Māori All Blacks.[8]

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Ryuhei Arita Hooker (1989-03-21)21 March 1989 (aged 25) 7 Japan Coca-Cola Red Sparks
Takeshi Kizu Hooker (1988-07-15)15 July 1988 (aged 26) 28 Japan Kobelco Steelers
Hiroki Yuhara Hooker (1984-01-21)21 January 1984 (aged 30) 16 Japan Toshiba Brave Lupus
Kensuke Hatakeyama Prop (1985-08-02)2 August 1985 (aged 29) 57 Japan Suntory Sungoliath
Keita Inagaki Prop (1990-06-02)2 June 1990 (aged 24) 0 Japan Panasonic Wild Knights
Shinnosuke Kakinaga Prop (1992-12-19)19 December 1992 (aged 21) 0 Japan Suntory Sungoliath
Masataka Mikami Prop (1988-06-04)4 June 1988 (aged 26) 21 Japan Toshiba Brave Lupus
Hiroshi Yamashita Prop (1986-01-01)1 January 1986 (aged 28) 36 Japan Kobelco Steelers
Shoji Ito Lock (1980-12-02)2 December 1980 (aged 33) 26 Japan Kobelco Steelers
Shinya Makabe Lock (1987-03-26)26 March 1987 (aged 27) 27 Japan Suntory Sungoliath
Hitoshi Ono Lock (1978-05-06)6 May 1978 (aged 36) 85 Japan Toshiba Brave Lupus
Luke Thompson Lock (1981-04-16)16 April 1981 (aged 33) 48 Japan Kintetsu Liners
Michael Leitch (c) Flanker (1988-10-07)7 October 1988 (aged 26) 37 Japan Toshiba Brave Lupus
Hendrik Tui Flanker (1987-12-13)13 December 1987 (aged 26) 25 Australia Queensland Reds
Ryuta Yasui Flanker (1989-12-06)6 December 1989 (aged 24) 2 Japan Kobelco Steelers
Hayden Hopgood Number 8 (1980-07-30)30 July 1980 (aged 34) 1 Japan Kamaishi Seawaves
Amanaki Lelei Mafi Number 8 (1990-01-11)11 January 1990 (aged 24) 0 Japan NTT Communications Shining Arcs
Atsushi Hiwasa Scrum-half (1987-05-22)22 May 1987 (aged 27) 36 Japan Suntory Sungoliath
Yuki Yatomi Scrum-half (1985-02-16)16 February 1985 (aged 29) 13 Japan Yamaha Júbilo
Kosei Ono Fly-half (1987-04-17)17 April 1987 (aged 27) 22 Japan Suntory Sungoliath
Harumichi Tatekawa Fly-half (1989-12-02)2 December 1989 (aged 24) 26 Japan Kubota Spears
Kotaro Matsushima Centre (1993-02-23)23 February 1993 (aged 21) 4 Japan Suntory Sungoliath
Male Sa'u Centre (1987-10-13)13 October 1987 (aged 27) 18 Australia Melbourne Rebels
Yuu Tamura Centre (1989-01-09)9 January 1989 (aged 25) 25 Japan NEC Green Rockets
Craig Wing Centre (1979-12-26)26 December 1979 (aged 34) 7 Japan Kobelco Steelers
Yoshikazu Fujita Wing (1993-09-08)8 September 1993 (aged 21) 18 Japan Waseda University
Karne Hesketh Wing (1985-08-01)1 August 1985 (aged 29) 0 Japan Fukuoka Sanix Blues
Toshiaki Hirose Wing (1981-10-17)17 October 1981 (aged 33) 21 Japan Toshiba Brave Lupus
Akihito Yamada Wing (1986-07-26)26 July 1986 (aged 28) 9 Japan Panasonic Wild Knights
Ayumu Goromaru Fullback (1986-03-01)1 March 1986 (aged 28) 41 Japan Yamaha Júbilo

Statistics[edit]

Key

  • Con: Conversions
  • Pen: Penalties
  • DG: Drop goals
  • Pts: Points

References[edit]