Damian Mckenzie

This young talent was one of the surprise omissions from the All Blacks squad that will face the Lions next week. Instead, the 22 year old will have the chance to stand out among a team of quality players.

He has impressed in both the club and international scene for the Chiefs and New Zealand. McKenzie was left out of the side down to Jordie Barrett being given a chance to develop. He said in an interview; “It’s still a massive privilege (to play for Maoris) and it’s a massive opportunity too. Now it’s about trying to better yourself and just keep working on little things in your game.” which shows he also has the world class mindset to go with what could be world class ability.

The youngster will be at number 10 tomorrow, apposed to 15 as he usually does, but this will only allow him to prove his worth in more than one jersey. Keep an eye out for this up and coming playmaker tomorrow.



Nehe Milner Skudder

A more than familiar face in the All Blacks set up, Milner Skudder is expected to continue his torment of the Lions from his free run against them for the Blues. He has enough experience dealing with big opponents, and he may prove pivotal for the Maoris in what is set to be a close game.

It was a close call for Nehe, as he has only just returned to fitness in time for the fixture, which is certainly good news for any neutral viewers tomorrow. With his slick footwork and ability to get over the line, he could prove to be q problem tomorrow for the Lions; especially after the amount of mistakes made when they have been forced onto the back foot.

Whether Milner Skudder was back fit or not, we were in for a good game, but now we are definitely in for some interesting action.



Liam Messam

Messam is one of the more weathered players in the Maori side, but this will not be a bad thing, as occasions as tomorrow can take their tole on the younger faces is they do not have the support of more experienced faces.

He is no stranger to making a quality pass, which could split open the Lions line if they are not careful, so making sure the defence is strong and keeps shape is vital to not let any points get away.

If the game opens up, we could see Messam come more into the game, and this will bring us some quality play with the ability of his team mates on the end of the pass. Messam is captain for tomorrows fixture.



Elliot Dixon

This guy will prove to be a problem tomorrow if the Lions are not careful. Although he has been out with a nasty knee injury, he has been fighting to get back fit to face the Lions tomorrow.

Now he is back to match level, Dixon can get back to what he does best, putting in try stopping challenges and bursting through the line of defence. Since his game does not just end with quality defending, the Lions will definitely have to keep an eye out for the 27 year old.