New Zealand Maori squad staying and training in Aylesbury

The NZ Maori team doing the famous Haka
The NZ Maori team doing the famous Haka
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The New Zealand Māori rugby team is staying at the Holiday Inn in Aylesbury and training at Aylesbury Rugby Club as part of a tour of England.

The team will also be taking school coaching sessions at Aylesbury Rugby Club on Thursday ahead of their opening tour match against the Canadian National team at Oxford University RFC.

That will be followed by games against the Leicester Tigers from the Aviva Championship and a RFU Championship XV consisting of “English Qualified Players” from the second tier RFU Championship.

The NZ Moari team traditionally plays teams touring New Zealand. A prerequisite for playing in the team is that the player is to have Māori whakapapa or genealogy, although this is not always strictly applied.

Aylesbury Rugby Club chairman Dean Gray confirmed the squad is taking sessions at the Magenta and Blacks’ Weston Turville base and said it was ‘great for the club and a real honour’.