All of the forward pack has played Super Rugby with the front row being a more than capable unit and featuring All Blacks squad member Karl Tu’inukuafe as well as his Blues teammates Luteru Tolai and Sione Mafileo
Wings, Ngarohi McGarvey-Black and Walter Fifita will make their debut for the side. However, McGarvey-Black has played for the All Blacks Sevens since 2018 and could be a real handful if he gets space.
There are three experienced players in the backline with the two Bryns – Hall at halfback and Gatland at first-five – whilst Chiefs stalwart Shaun Stevenson will inject himself from fullback. The trio have played 78, 31 and 30 games respectively for Harbour over the years.
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“We’re really looking forward to the challenge of the ‘Canterbury All Blacks’, they’ve got a pretty stacked team,” said coach Kieran Keane. “We’re looking forward to it and hope to do ourselves proud at home.
“We’ve gone with a more experienced, tried and true XV mainly because of who we are up against. Everybody has had a good week and we can’t wait for the game to kick off.”
The game kicks off at 7.05pm NZT Friday 11 September at North Harbour Stadium.
North Harbour: Shaun Stevenson, Ngarohi McGarvey-Black, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, James Little, Walter Fifita, Bryn Gatland, Bryn Hall, Murphy Taramai, Dillon Hunt (c), Ethan Roots, Jacob Pierce, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Sione Mafileo, Luteru Tolai, Karl Tu’inukuafe. Reserves: Zane Turner, Teague McElroy, Jimmy Roots, Tim Sail, Tamarau McGahan, Lewis Gjaltema, Fine Inisi, Tomas Aoke.
– with Harbour Rugby
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