Cape Town - The Hurricanes' five All Blacks will start against the Blues
with Chris Boyd making just one change to the team that beat the
Other than lock Vaea Fifita, head coach Boyd has named the same
run-on XV that played against the Highlanders on May 27 with All Blacks
Dane Coles, Beauden Barrett, Ardie Savea, Julian Savea and TJ Perenara
all fit and ready to resume their Super Rugby duties.
Fifita comes into the starting team in place of Blade Thomson, who
suffered a dislocated shoulder in training during Super Rugby's June
"We felt like we were building some good momentum when the
competition stopped for the June internationals and clearly we'll be
hoping to pick up where we left off, so continuity is important," Boyd
"Our All Blacks have all come back in really good nick and they've slipped right back into our environment which has been great.
"The challenge for everyone is getting back into competition mode
after a month off, but we believe we've prepared well over the break. We
had a good, tough hit out against Melbourne Rebels last week and we've
trained well as a group. The guys can't wait to get back out on Westpac
Stadium in front of their home crowd."
Boyd said the Blues presented a significant test.
"They are a quality side with attacking threats right across the
park, so we know we will have to be at our best if we want to compete."
While Fifita is the only change to the starting side, Boyd has
reshuffled a reserves bench that includes in-form USA Eagles openside
Hooker Ricky Riccitelli comes in for Motu Matu'u, who is out after
breaking his arm while playing for Samoa, Mark Abbott takes Fifita's
place on the bench, and Willis Halaholo provides midfield cover in the
absence of Ngani Laumape, who is out with a groin injury.
15 James Marshall, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Vince Aso, 11 Julian
Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad
Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane
Coles (captain), 1 Reggie Goodes
Substitutes: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Loni Uhila, 19 Mark
Abbott, 20 Tony Lambourn, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Willis Halaholo, 23 Jason
15 Melani Nanai,14 Duffie, 13 Male S’au, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Tevita Li, 10
Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Kara Pryor, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Josh
Bekhuis, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 2James Parsons (captain), 1
Substitutes: Quentin MacDonald, Namatahi Waa, Sione Mafileo, Gerard
Cowley-Tuioti/Hoani Matenga, Blake Gibson, Billy Guyton, Matt McGahan, Matt