Dyldam Parramatta Eels second-rower Kenny Edwards and centre Api Pewhairangi have both been named in the New Zealand Maori XIII to play the Deadly Choices Men’s Queensland Murri side in Brisbane this weekend.
The two sides will play at Wynnum Manly’s BMD Kougari Oval on October 18, kicking off at 4pm.
NZ Maori Coach Daryn Pirini says 2013’s clash in New Zealand created a huge buzz, and he’s expecting a strong response on Saturday in Brisbane as the two sides meet on Aussie soil.
“It’s a lot to do with the Indigenous and cultural side of football,” Pirini said.
“For the people here in New Zealand to have an Aboriginal side tour here, it really generated a lot of interest for us, and this game in Brisbane will be huge because so many Kiwis have shifted to Queensland.”
NZ Maori XIII:
Josh Ailoamai (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Delane Ashby (North Queensland Cowboys)
Kenny Bromwich (Melbourne Storm)
Kenny Edwards (Parramatta Eels)
Willy Heta (Albury Thunder)
Kurt Kara (Sydney Roosters)
Zebastion Luisi (Howick Hornets)
Thyme Nikau-Dow (Maitland)
Rulon Nutira (Gundegai)
Api Pewhairangi (Parramatta Eels)
Dan Pou-Tamou (South Logan)
Jay Pukepuke (Papanui Tigers)
Brndon Tago (Narrabri)
Bodene Thompson (Wests Tigers)
Kainga Turner (Norths Devils)
Steve Waetford (NZ Warriors)
Tama Koopu (Newcastle Knights)
Jordan Rapana (Canberra Raiders)
Jesse Malcolm (South Logan)
Coach: Daryn Pirini