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    Alex Hodgman returns for Blues

    2018-05-31 08:53

    Cape Town - The Blues welcome back loosehead prop Alex Hodgman to their starting line-up for Saturday's Super Rugby clash with the Rebels at Eden Park.

    Hodgman is back after a wrist injury which has sidelined him for nine games.

    The other change in the pack sees Northland captain and hooker Matt Moulds make his first start for the season, with the durable James Parsons not recovered from the head injury he received last week, which has led to a two-week suspension to Crusaders prop Owen Franks.

    There is a second start for lock Matiaha Martin after impressing on debut as a late replacement for the Blues' injury-hit locking stocks.

    The Blues welcome their All Blacks Ofa Tuungafasi, while Rieko Ioane takes his enforced All Black break this week, to allow wing Tumua Manu his fourth game for the club on the left wing.

    Michael Collins, who returned from a four-game injury break, as a replacement last week, comes back into the starting line-up with an in-form Matt Duffie back to his accustomed spot on the right wing.

    Kick-off on Saturday is at 07:15 SA time.

    Teams:

    Blues

    15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Orbyn Leger, 12 Terrence Hepetema, 11 Tumua Manu, 10 Stephen Perofeta, 9 Augustine Pulu (captain), 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Matiaha Martin, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 Matt Moulds, 1 Alex Hodgman

    Substitutes: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Ben Nee-Nee, 20 Sione Havili, 21 Jonathan Ruru, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 TJ Faiane

    Rebels

    15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Tom English, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Reece Hodge, 9 Michael Ruru, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga'a, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Adam Coleman (captain), 4 Matt Philipm 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Fereti Sa'aga

    Substitutes: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Geoff Parling, 20 Ross Haylett-Petty, 21 Harrison Goddard, 22 Tayler Adams, 23 Lopeti Timani

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