Kirwan makes four Blues changes for Brumbies

Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan has named a Super Rugby team with four changes to the side that lost to the Chiefs for this week’s clash against the Brumbies at Eden Park.

Three of the Blues four changes are in the forwards as James Parsons comes in to replace Keven Mealamu at hooker and Patrick Tuipulotu replaces Hayden Triggs.

There will be blazer games (20 matches) for Patrick Tuipulotu and Ofa Tu’ungafasi with Sam Prattley off the bench.

On the flank ther recently re-signed Steven Luatua is rotated to the replacements and Luke Braid takes over at 6. When Luatua comes off the bench it will be his 44th game for the Blues.

Kirwan has opted for two open side loose forwards to start against the speedy Brumbies loosies.

In the backs Dan Bowden retains the starting No.10 jersey for the third week but Melani Nanai replaces Tevita Li on the wing.

The only players not considered for selection were halfback Bryn Hall on long term recovery while both fullback Lolagi Visinia and All Black prop Tony Woodcock have a further week off recovering from head knocks.

Jimmy Cowan is on leave as his partner is expecting the birth of their second child.

The match will be the Blues first match at Eden Park this year as it was out of action as a host venue for the Cricket World Cup.

Last year the Blues won five of their seven games matches at Eden Park.


1. Ofa Tu’ungafasi , 2. James Parsons , 3. Charlie Faumuina , 4. Josh Bekhuis , 5.Patrick Tuipulotu , 6. Luke Braid , 7. Brendon O’Connor , 8. Jerome Kaino (c) , 9. Jamison Gibson-Park , 10. Dan Bowden , 11. Melani Nanai , 12. George Moala , 13. Pita Ahki , 14. Frank Halai , 15. Charles Piutau

Replacements :16. Keven Mealamu , 17. Sam Prattley , 18. Angus Ta’avao , 19. Hayden Triggs , 20. Steven Luatua , 21. Jamie Booth , 22. Ihaia West , 23. Francis Saili

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