Māori All Blacks vs Chile: Halfback Sam Nock to debut against Chile

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Māori All Blacks coach Clayton McMillan has made seven changes to his side to face Chile in Santiago on Sunday morning (NZT).

Northland halfback Sam Nock is set to make his debut, after being named on the bench.

McMillan has changed the front row combination, with Ross Wright and Tyrel Lomax packing down either side of captain and hooker Ash Dixon.

Lomax is one of six players to move from last week's bench against Brazil to the run-on side to face Chile, with Josh Ioane, Jackson Hemopo, Bryn Hall, Mitch Karpik, Matt Proctor all starting this week. Wright did not play in Sao Paulo.

"Like Brazil, Chile is a bit of an unknown, so it's hard to know what to prepare for," McMillan said.

"But if it's anything like last week, they’ll play with passion and they will be filled with confidence, playing their chosen sport in front of a home crowd."

McMillan said the squad had settled well in Chile, with the travel a little easier than the previous leg.

"It’s been a fantastic week and like last week in Brazil, the Chilean community have embraced us and have made us feel very much at home."

Māori All Blacks: 1-Ross Wright, 2-Ash Dixon, 3-Tyrel Lomax, 4-Jackson Hemopo, 5-Pari Pari Parkinson, 6-Reed Prinsep, 7-Mitch Karpik, 8-Akira Ioane, 9-Bryn Hall, 10-Otere Black, 11-Matt Lansdown, 12-Rob Thompson, 13-Matt Proctor, 14-Shaun Stevenson, 15-Josh Ioane

Substitutions- 16-Robbie Abel, 17-Chris Eves, 18-Marcel Renata, 19-Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20-Billy Harmon, 21-Sam Nock*, 22-Teihorangi Walden, 23-Jonah Lowe

* debutant