27 Oct 2014

Three Makos ruled out of Maori ABs

12:41 pm on 27 October 2014

Injuries in the provincial rugby grand final have ruled three Tasman players out of the Maori All Blacks' tour of Japan.

Shane Christie

Shane Christie Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Makos' Shane Christie (foot), Liam Squire (concussion) and Joe Wheeler (knee) were replaced on the eve of the team's departure.

Brothers Nick Crosswell (Ngāti Porou, Manawatu) and Mitch Crosswell (Ngāti Porou, Taranaki) come in for Christie and Squire respectively.

Hayden Triggs (Ngāti Kahungunu, North Harbour) replaces Wheeler.

Mitch Crosswell is named in the Maori All Blacks for the first time.

Tasman lost the final of the Premiership to Taranaki 36-32.

The Maori play two matches against Japan on November 1st and 8th.