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Blues tour group named


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 3 Mar 2014 at 10:20
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The Blues have embarked on a two-match tour of South Africa, where they will play Gauteng neighbours the Bulls and the Lions.

Coach John Kirwan has selected a 27-man squad for the trip, including rookie flyhalf Simon Hickey, who tasted success in his maiden Super Rugby appearance by contributing 15 points to a 35-24 win over the Crusaders on Friday.

A number of big names will not be part of the tour, though, including the likes of Ma’a Nonu, Francis Saili and big Jerome Kaino.

The Blues have won one from two so far and are currently third on the New Zealand conference log.

Blues tour group:
Forwards: Luke Braid, Tom Donnelly, Charlie Faumuina, Steven Luatua, Jordan Manihera, Tom McCartney, Keven Mealamu, Liaki Moli, Brendon O’Connor, James Parsons, Sam Prattley, Peter Saili, Angus Ta’avao, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Tony Woodcock.
Backs: Pita Ahki, Frank Halai, Bryn Hall, Simon Hickey, Tevita Li, Benji Marshall, George Moala, Chris Noakes, Charles Piutau, Piri Weepu, Jackson Willison.



3 Comments

  • A dangerous side, so far this year.
    Bulls have made improvements on Flyhalf and Lock and it worked great.
    This week they need to concentrate on fullback and openside flank.
    Little by little we will have the team that should have played from the beginning of the series.

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.03.14 12:11:04 by Blue Centurion Reply
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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 1) : who the hell are they going to pick in those position, though?

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.03.14 12:15:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • At Fullback they can play Kriel, who should be back from injury (albeit inexperienced), also Beyers and Ndungane. I would give Kriel a go, as he does have an air of excitement which would be huge plus at this stage.

    Flank can be covered by Liebenberg. Stegman, if all goes well, should also be back. Both bring far more to the table than Ross.

    Hooker is where the options are VERY limited as there isn’t much difference between the encumbent and the rest. Note I didn’t even bother to list a possible change.

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.03.14 12:27:29 by Blue Centurion Reply

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