Blues coach Pat Lam wasted no time in drafting in his trio of new fathers – All Blacks Joe Rokocoko and Jerome Kaino, along with Taniela Moa – for their Super 14 Round Three match against the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday.
Apart from the three new dads, a third All Black in prop Tony Woodcock, have also been named in the starting XV for the trip to Newlands, according to www.rugby365.com.
Rokocoko, Kaino and Moa arrived late in South Africa after being on hand for the birth of their first children in Auckland.
Rokocoko replaces the suspended Rene Ranger on the wing, Kaino comes in for Chris Lowrey at No.8 and Moa takes over from Chris Smylie at scrumhalf.
Tasesa Lavea starts at flyhalf in place of Jimmy Gopperth, who is dropped from the matchday 22.
Kurtis Haiu is bracketed with Lowrey at lock.
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Blues: 15 Isaia Toeava, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Anthony Tuitavake, 12 Jamie Helleur, 11 Paul Williams, 10 Tasesa Lavea, 9 Taniela Moa, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Josh Blackie, 6 Justin Collins, 5 Anthony Boric, 4 Kurtis Haiu/Chris Lowrey, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu (captain), 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Tevita Mailau, 18 Lowrey/Dean Budd, 19 Peter Saili, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Michael Hobbs, 22 Winston Stanley.
Date: Saturday, February 28
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT)
Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
Touch judges: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Reuben Rossouw (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman/JC Fortuin (South Africa)