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Battered Blues head for Perth

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 9 Feb 2009 at 07:20
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Blues coach Pat Lam, as expected, left four of his All Blacks at home when he named the team for the three-match road trip that will kick-off their Super 14 campaign.

Rugby 365 reports that the Blues start with a season opener against the Western Force in Perth on Friday, followed by games against the Bulls in Pretoria and the Stormers in Cape Town.

It is not the kind of tour you want to undertake without seasoned campaigners like wing Rudi Wulf, lock Ali Williams, flank Jerome Kaino and wing Joe Rokocoko.

Wulf was not considered for the trip because of a broken wrist, while Williams has an ongoing back problem. His brother, Jay, is also unavailable due to an ankle injury – leaving the Blues very thin in the second row.

Kaino and Rokocoko are also out of the travelling party which left Auckland on Sunday because of paternity leave.

Both players are expecting their first children in the coming week.

Better news was that former Highlanders flanker Josh Blackie will join the squad for the first time in Perth after his club Kobe was eliminated from the Japanese league play-offs over the weekend.

Blues squad: Paul Williams, Rene Ranger, Jamie Helleur, Isaia Toeava, Anthony Tuitavake, Winston Stanley, Benson Stanley, Michael Hobbs, Tasesa Lavea, Jimmy Gopperth, Taniela Moa, Chris Smylie, Peter Saili, Chris Lowrey, Justin Collins, Onosai’i Auva’a, Josh Blackie, Kurtis Haiu, Anthony Boric, Dean Budd, John Afoa, Tevita Mailau, Charlie Faumuina, Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu (captain), Tom McCartney.


  • hmmm – a few names there that I had to add to the Fantasy League database 🙂

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.02.09 09:41:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) :


    Anyone notable that I may want to include in my team?

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.02.09 09:43:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : I somehow missed out on Ice Toeava!

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.02.09 09:44:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :
    he is actually a good prospect. 😯 I need to have a look who my centers are.

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.02.09 09:50:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • This is a hard one!??!
    But I guess the force will take it…and collect a winning bonus point…
    The Blues might score a losing bonus point or even two…

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.02.09 13:51:50 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 5) :

    Just make sure you pick the right team on LMS. 😀

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.02.09 14:04:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) :


  • Comment 7, posted at 09.02.09 16:07:15 by Hmmm Reply


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