Māori ABs unwind following Fiji victory

The Māori All Blacks have had a day of review and recovery after their first test of the year against Fiji yesterday in Suva.   

Heiden Bed-Well Curtis' concussion was the only injury.

The team feel they have many areas to work on over the next week but are relieved to have come back to snatch the victory in the end.

Nine players wore the Māori jersey for the first time, a very special occasion for them and their families.

Otere Black says, “This is the ultimate for me, making the Māori team, for all boys like myself who have been brought up around the Māori culture. This is the best to play and represent my tribe and family in this jersey.”

Coach Colin Cooper is also happy to be able to blood new players every year. He says, “We have young men in there that will secure the future of Māori rugby, of NZ rugby, it's great.”

The team will have to lift again next week against a very tough NZ Barbarians side who have dangerous players like Cory Jane and Ihaia West in the mix. The Māori All Blacks will take the lessons learnt here in Fiji back to NZ, where they'll play in front of their first home crowd in five years.