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Mitre 10 Cup – All Blacks available for opening round

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The All Black will be playing over the weekend in Mitre 10 Cup.

The All Blacks schedule will only be announced later in the week which means the All Blacks players that was announced in Forster first squad will be available for their clubs.

This also means that the new All Black captain Sam Cane, will start his comeback from injury playing for the Bay of Plenty over the weekend.

The tournament gets underway this Friday in Albany and although no crowds will be able to attend the matches in the opening week, we still expect quality rugby.

Many All Blacks have not played for their clubs in years, and it will be brilliant to see them running out for their clubs even if it is only for the first two weeks. Cane last played for the Bay of Plenty in 2016. B

Cane will be eager to get back to the field after a nasty knock to the head when he collided with Jordie Barrett in Wellington more than a month ago.

He will start his comeback on Sunday facing both Barrett brothers in Inglewood.

One can be sure the All Black coach Forster and supporters will keep an eye on their All Black captain come Sunday.

There are seven matches in Week 1 of the Mitre 10 Cup.

WEEK 1. Friday 11 September – Sunday 13 September
Friday 11th 7.05pm North Harbour v Canterbury North Harbour Stadium North Harbour
Saturday 12th 2.05pm Waikato v Wellington FMG Stadium Waikato Hamilton
Saturday 12th 4.35pm Otago v Auckland Forsyth Barr Stadium Dunedin
Saturday 12th 7.05pm Counties Manukau v Tasman Navigation Homes Stadium Pukekohe
Sunday 13th 2.05pm Northland v Manawatu Semenoff Stadium Whangarei
Sunday 13th 2.05pm Taranaki v Bay of Plenty TET Stadium & Events Centre Inglewood
Sunday 13th 4.35pm Southland v Hawke’s Bay Rugby Park Invercargill
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