Three weeks out from the first New Zealand-held All Stars clash, and the Maori outfit will be desperate to retain the trophy for a fourth straight match, this time in front of a home crowd.
The Maori's have dominated the pre-season clash since changing over from the 'World All Stars', hoisting the trophy in three of their four games since 2019.
They're polar opposites to the Indigenous All Stars, the Maori side have a thin backline but are extremely strong in the forwards, rolling through the Indigenous pack in recent years.
Luckily the match is the week prior to the World Club Challenge, which means captain James Fisher-Harris will be available to lead his side in Rotorua.
There's some heavy competition for spots, with some stars set to miss out while some rookies sneak into the 20-man line-up.
Kalyn Ponga's absence is a big blow to the side, his performance for Queensland in last year's decider displaying what a rep jersey can do to the Newcastle captain.
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad has been training at fullback for the Warriors and will slot in at the back, while a lack of depth on the flanks means Patrick Herbert will likely be the man to shift wide and join Dallin Watene-Zelezniak on the wings.
Jahrome Hughes, if available, is the first bloke picked for the side, such is his impact. However his halves partner is a different story.
While there's a number of halves options out there, Joseph Manu stars whenever he's in the spine. While he played fullback for the Kiwis at the World Cup, Nicoll-Klokstad's presence will push Manu into the frontline.
Jazz Tevaga will likely pack the scrum.
The Maori's have a stack more forwards than their Indigenous counterparts, so expect them to go big.
Jesse Bromwich, Jordan Riki, Corey Harawira-Naera and Royce Hunt all have their own claims to a spot, and should snare one on the pine. Erin Clark and Kodi Nikorima are the probable utilities, with at least one more on the bench.
Maori All Stars
- Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
- Patrick Herbert
- Reimis Smith
- Morgan Harper
- Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
- Joseph Manu
- Jahrome Hughes
- James Fisher-Harris (c)
- Brandon Smith
- Joseph Tapine
- Briton Nikora
- Kenneath Bromwich
- Jazz Tevaga
- Kodi Nikorima
- Royce Hunt
- Corey Harawira-Naera
- Jordan Riki
- Jesse Bromwich
- Erin Clark
- Dylan Walker