Luatua gives Blues the blues
Cape Town - Blues' in-form flank Steven Luatua has been ruled out of their crucial Super Rugby clash against the Brumbies in Auckland on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 09:35 SA time.
Luatua sustained a neck injury in last weekend's 23-3 defeat to the Crusaders in Christchurch, but is expected to recover quickly and should be available for next weekend's match against the Highlanders in Dunedin (Saturday, June 1 at 09:35).
Luatua, 22, who was named in the All Blacks' training squad named last week, has been replaced by Brendon O'Connor, while in the only other change to the side, Francis Saili returns to the midfield.
The Blues find themselves third and sixth in the New Zealand Conference
and Overall log
The Brumbies meanwhile are currently top of the Australian Conference
, two points ahead of the Reds (who play the Stormers in Cape Town this weekend), and third in the Overall standings
15 Charles Piutau, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Rene Ranger, 13 Francis Saili, 11 George Moala, 10 Chris Noakes, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Brendon O'Connor, 5 Ali Williams (captain), 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Angus Ta'avao/Sam Prattley, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tim Perry
Substitutes: 16 James Parsons, 17 Sam Prattley/Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18 Anthony Boric, 19 Kane Barrett, 20 Jamison Gibson-Park, 21 Baden Kerr, 22 Jackson WillisonBrumbies:
15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joseph Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 Colby Faingaa, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Jordan Smiler, 19 Fotu Auelua, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Robbie Coleman, 22 Clyde Rathbone