Moala and Ranger to light up Brisbane Tens

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 08:44
Large rene ranger blues 800

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: The Blues will take a strong mix of proven and exciting talent to compete at the Brisbane Global Tens Tournament.

They will take a 21-strong team that includes two All Blacks, four Maori All Blacks and three New Zealand Sevens players for the inaugural event on February 11-12.

Leading the charge is current All Black George Moala and fellow block-busting midfield back Rene Ranger. Moala, who has four caps for the All Blacks, played on last year’s Northern Tour while Ranger, returning from an ACL injury that sidelined him for much of 2016, played six times for the All Blacks as well as three years for the New Zealand Sevens team.

Maori All Blacks include flying Northland loosie forward Kara Pryor, experienced scrumhalf Billy Guyton, hooker Joe Royal and prop Marcel Renata, while New Zealand Sevens players will no doubt show their attack prowess in the form of North Harbour loose forward Murphy Taramai, Manawatu wing Ambrose Curtis and exciting Taranaki wing Declan O'Donnell.

The team will be co-captained by wing/fullback Matt Duffie and prop Sam Prattley.

The Tens coach Steve Jackson, who coached the Blues to victory in the 2015 World Club Tens in Singapore, said the tean was excited about the occasion.

"We have had some experience with Tens and believe it offers more to us as a preparation for the Super Rugby competition than Sevens," Jackson said.

"The Tens game has more structure like XVs and involves players in all positions – tight forwards, loosies, inside backs, outside backs. 

But there is the space for exciting open running rugby like Sevens.

"We have some exciting runners and ball-handlers both in the backs and forwards, and also some skilful players, who have filled in as replacements, who have earned their chance after training really diligently through our pre-season."

Blues squad: Josh Goodhue, Hapakuki Moala-Liava'a, Tom Robinson, Sam Prattley (co-captain), Kara Pryor, Marcel Renata, Brandon Nansen, Joe Royal, Scott Scrafton, Murphy Taramai, Ambrose Curtis, Matt Duffie, Pasqualle Dunn, Billy Guyton, George Moala, Sam Nock, Declan O'Donnell, Stephen Perofeta, Rene Ranger, Jordan Trainor, Matt Vaega.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19