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Pick your XV: James McOnie

Monday, April 22, 2019    allblacks.com    

15: Ben Smith (Highlanders)
14: Matt Faddes (Highlanders)
13: Anton Lienert-Brown (Chiefs)
12: Ma’a Nonu (Blues)
11: Rieko Ioane (Blues)
10: Josh Ioane (Highlanders)
9: TJ Perenara (Hurricanes)
8: Elliot Dixon (Highlanders)
7: Lachlan Boshier (Chiefs)
6: Shannon Frizell (Highlanders)
5: Jackson Hemopo (Highlanders)
4: Liam Mitchell (Hurricanes)
3: Tyrel Lomax (Highlanders)
2: Liam Coltman (Highlanders)
1: Fraser Armstrong (Hurricanes)

A feature of McOnie’s side is the inclusion of five Highlanders in the forward pack. The Highlanders had the edge over the Hurricanes upfront in their 24-12 victory at Forsyth Barr Stadium and that has been recognised in McOnie’s selections. In the backline, Ma’a Nonu gets the nod to fill the 12 jersey after being selected in the same position by Piri Weepu last week. Josh Ioane, Matt Faddes and Ben Smith are selected in the backline to take the Highlanders representation up to eight players in this Form XV.

NOTE: The Crusaders were not considered for this Form XV due to having a bye in round ten.