Blues hit by Collins loss for Crusaders clash

Despite coming through training yesterday, Blues veteran Justin Collins later suffered headaches and the call has been made to pull him from the Blues’ final game in the 2009 Super 14 competition.


“It’s tough on Justin. He is such a key figure and leader in our team and he desperately wanted to help his team-mates take on the Crusaders tomorrow night at Eden Park.”


“But with these ongoing symptoms it’s just not worth risking him out on the field,” said Blues coach Pat Lam.


Collins, who has played 103 Super Rugby games, suffered a concussion in the Blues’ match against the Reds late last month and has battled to come right since.


Peter Saili will move into the No.6 jersey and newcomer Andrew van der Heijden will slot onto the bench.

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