The hopes for an on-court coalition between David Seymour and Chlöe Swarbrick have been quashed, with the pair set to face-off in the New Zealand Breakers All-Star celebrity game.
As part of the event's draft to make up the two teams, Seymour, leader of the Act Party, and Swarbrick, Greens MP, have been named on Team [Tom] Abercrombie and Team [Finn] Delany respectively for the game at Spark Arena on November 26.
Accustomed to trading blows in the debate chamber, the political pair will now put whatever skills they have with a ball on the hardwoods. They come in hot off good form – having both enjoyed historic elections in their own right.
Seymour has previewed a sneaky performance from himself is on the horizon, and his enthusiasm suggests at the very least, the effort will be there.
He previously stated he has "untapped skills" and it was wrong of people to "underestimate" his basketball ability.
There is no shortage of talent involved, with sporting and music stars filling out the singlets alongside the two politicians.
In Team Abercrombie, Seymour will be joined by Breakers teammates Jarrad Weeks and Tai Webster, former Silver Fern Irene van Dyk, Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker – who replaces UFC star Israel Adesanya due to quarantine complications.
On Team Delany, Swarbrick will have Rob Loe and Corey Webster from the Breakers to work with. She will also be joined by Silver Ferns shooter Maia Wilson, heavyweight boxer Junior Fa, Olympic gold medalist Eric Murray and former All Black Carlos Spencer.
The event later this month is for charity, raising funds for the Starship Foundation.
Tom Abercrombie - Breakers
Jarrad Weeks - Breakers
Tai Webster - Breakers
Irene van Dyk - Silver Fern
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck – Warriors Captain
Joseph Parker - Boxer
Zoi Sadowski-Synnott – Winter Olympic Bronze Medallist
Liam Messam - All Black
David Seymour - ACT politician
Nouri - Chart-topping Singer
Chris Mac – Six60
Jenny-May Clarkson – Silver Fern
Guy Williams - Comedian
Kai Kara-France - UFC Fighter
Shane Young - UFC Fighter
Coach: Dan Shamir
Finn Delany - Breakers
Rob Loe - Breakers
Corey Webster - Breakers
Maia Wilson - Silver Fern
Johnny Tuivasa-Sheck – Former Warrior & Social Media Star
Junior Fa - Boxer
Eric Murray – Double Olympic Champion
Carlos Spencer - All Black
Chloe Swarbrick - Green politician
Ruby Tui - Black Fern
Greg Murphy - 4x Bathurst Winner
James McOnie - Broadcaster
Jordan River - Mai FM host
*Two mystery players to be revealed
Coach: Mody Maor