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Thompson added to Maori All Blacks squad

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/10/2016

Hard-running Canterbury midfield back Rob Thompson is a late inclusion in the Maori All Blacks squad for their three-match northern hemisphere tour.

Thompson, 25, replaces the injured Declan O'Donnell and completes the 27-man squad who open their tour against the United States in Chicago on Friday next week.

Their other games are against European club opponents Munster and Harlequins.

Thompson, who has been sidelined for a month by a knee injury, returns to the field on Saturday for the NPC final against Tasman in Christchurch.

Maori All Blacks coach Colin Cooper says he was impressed with Thompson's form before suffering the injury and earlier in the year, when he made eight Super Rugby starts for the Highlanders.

Coach Colin Cooper may be forced to play some players out of position, having named a squad brimming with midfield backs but thin out wide. Chiefs winger James Lowe is the only specialist outside back in the tour group.

Taranaki winger O'Donnell fractured a wrist playing for Taranaki in the NPC semi-final against Tasman.

Maori All Blacks:

Backs: James Lowe, Matt Proctor, Sean Wainui, Rob Thompson, Jason Emery, Tim Bateman, Marty McKenzie, Ihaia West, Otere Black, Brad Weber, Billy Guyton.

Forwards: Akira Ioane, Shane Christie, Kara Pryor, Reed Prinsep, Whetu Douglas, Tom Franklin, Jacob Skeen, Leighton Price, Kane Hames, Marcel Renata, Chris Eves, Ben May, Mike Kainga, Ash Dixon (capt), Leni Apisai, Joe Royal.

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