Luatua and West start in new look Blues team

The Blues have named a new look team to face the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday with Steven Luatua as captain and Ihaia West at 10.

The Blues won their second match of the season last weekend but have paid a price for the victory through injuries.

Steven Luatua takes over the Blues captaincy after Jerome Kaino was ruled out for the rest of the season with a compound dislocation of his ring finger.

Also ruled out for round 13 is Charles Piutau and flanker Luke Braid. But with the injuries, come opportunities for some of the younger players to get game time.

Accurate kicker Ihaia West will return at first-five while Dan Bowden stays behind due to a groin injury.

Lolagi Visinia will move back to fullback and the young speedster Tevita Li moves up to wing.

There are also potential debuts off the bench for Greg Pleasants-Tate and Joe Edwards. Simon Hickey will also be looking for his first game of the season.


1. Tony Woodcock , 2. Keven Mealamu , 3. Angus Ta’avao , 4. Culum Retallick , 5. Hayden Triggs , 6. Akira Ioane , 7. Brendon O’Connor , 8. Steven Luatua (C) , 9. Jimmy Cowan , 10. Ihaia West , 11. Tevita Li , 12. George Moala , 13. Francis Saili , 14. Melani Nanai , 15. Lolagi Visinia

Replacements : 16. Greg Pleasants-Tate , 17. Ofa Tu’ungafasi , 18. Sam Prattley , 19. Josh Bekhuis , 20. Joe Edwards , 21. Jamison Gibson-Park , 22. Simon Hickey , 23. Hamish Northcott

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