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    Michael Collins keeps faith with Blues

    2018-05-29 11:51

    Cape Town - Blues fullback Michael Collins has signed a one-year-contract extension, keeping him at the Eden Park outfit until 2020.

    Collins has played in eight of the Blues' 12 matches this term and although his side are enduring another disappointing campaign, the 24-year-old has expressed his faith in Tana Umaga's current leadership group, which will be bolstered by the arrival of All Blacks great Leon MacDonald as backline coach. 

    "I've re-signed for another year which I'm excited about," Collins told the New Zealand Herald. 

    "I honestly believe change will happen here and I want to be part of that. 

    "I was lucky with T (Umaga) giving me a chance. If I can contribute in any way I'll be happy with that." 

    Meanwhile, the Blues host the Rebels on Saturday, looking to break their drought at Eden Park this season but they will have to do so without the services of star wing Rieko Ioane, who is being rested as part of the All Blacks' rest protocol. 

    "From an outsider's perspective you probably only see losses and that's 100 percent understandable, but from in the camp the belief has always been there and everyone gets on," added Collins. 

    "I believe in the direction we're heading and what we're trying to achieve. 

    "We've got two New Zealand derbies and two games against Australian teams in which to make a statement and that's what we intend to do." 

    Asked about the Blues' woeful home record, Collins said: "In the past we haven't been able to win away or win two in a row so I have no doubt that will change."

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