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Wellington Māori squad finalised for upcoming matches

The Wellington Māori (Te Upoko O Te Ika Wellington) squad has been finalised this week by  head coach Justin Wilson ahead of their seven-match campaign that  culminates in the Te Tini A Maui Tournament on the East Coast at the start of October.

Twenty eight players have been named, with four to be released following the conclusion of the club finals. The squad will be captained by Petone’s Jarrod Adams.

Their first match is on August 7th against Taranaki Pasifika on neutral turf in Whanganui.

Their schedule is:

7th Aug                 Taranaki Pacifica                             Wanganui

14th Aug               Horowhenua Kapiti Heartland     Levin

21st Aug               Wellington Samoans                      Wellington

28th Aug               Taranaki Maori                                Wanganui

4th Sept                Wellington Centurions                   Wellington

11th Sept              Tasman Maori                                  Blenhiem

18th Sept             Canterbury Maori                           Wellington

1/2/3rd Oct         Te Tini A Maui Tournament          East Coast

Squad:

Props: 

Jonathan Fuimaono (OBU – Ngāpuhi)

Whetu Henry (Ories – Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Rongowhakaata, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri)

Joe Reid (Wellington – Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu),

Rhys Reiri (Poneke – Ngāi Tuhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu)

Hookers: 

Wirangi Parata (OBU – Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Kahungunu)

Ethan Robinson-Mate (Norths – Ngāti Awa, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Porou)

Locks: 

Hemi Fermanis (Tawa – Ngāti Toa Rangitira)

Taine Tata (Upper Hutt Rams – Ngāti Maniapoto)

Dylan Williamson (Petone – Te Atiawa)

Loose Forwards: 

TJ Fermanis (Tawa – Ngāti Toa Rangitira)

Matt Jacobs (Wainuiomata – Ngāpuhi)

Jack Loader (Poneke – Ngāpuhi)

Api McMillan-Parata (Pare-Plim – Ngāti Toa Rangitira)

Luke Omeri (Pare-Plim – Ngāpuhi)

William Rua (HOBM – Ngāi Tuhoe, Ngāti Mutunga)

Inside Backs: 

Declan Hay (Ories – Ngāi Tahu)

Jimmy-Lee Hongara (Poneke – Ngāti Porou)

Jordan King (Wainuiomata – Ngā Ruahine, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti)

Justin Wilson (Pare-Plim – Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Porou)

Midfield: 

Jarrod Adams (Petone – Ngāti Maniapoto)

Jordan Glen Bradbrook (HOBM – Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, Ngāti Toa Rangitira)

Jayden McCarthy (Norths – Ngāti Porou)

Regan Waiwai (Petone – Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Ruapani)

Outside Backs: 

Adam Clark (Petone – Ngāti Maniapoto)

Andy Ellis (Johnsonville – Ngāti Kahungunu)

Luke Kapene (Norths – Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāpuhi)

Pakai Turia (Poneke – Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Porou)

Te Wehi Wright (OBU – Te Arawa, Ngāti Kahungunu)

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