Maori All Blacks face tour-defining 'test'

Last updated 05:00 23/11/2012

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The Maori All Blacks and Canada are set for a tour-defining moment in Oxford tomorrow with both teams desperate to win their "test".

Both teams have had a mixed visit to the UK with the Canada being thumped by Samoa and the Maori losing to powerhouse English club Leicester.

But they both bounced back to form last weekend with Canada crushing Russia and Jamie Joseph's Maori All Blacks thumping the English Championship XV.

The Maori All Blacks' high standards demand a victory against Canada and this will be the game that now defines their short trip north.

Jospeh has stuck largely with the side that beat the second-tier combination team last weekend although his selection options have been limited by having just 23 fit players, meaning all will be involved in this game.

Maori All Blacks: Trent Renata, Kurt Baker, Charlie Ngatai, Tim Bateman, Andre Taylor, Willie Ripia, Frae Wilson, Elliot Dixon, Tanerau Latimer (capt), Shane Christie, Romana Graham, Jason Eation, Ben May, Quentin Macdonald, Bronson Murray. Reserves: Hika Elliot, Jacob Ellison, Ben Afeaki, Jarrad Hoeata, Nick Crosswell, Jamieson Gibson-Park, Jackson Willison, Declan O'Donnell.

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