8 Mar 2013

Blues make wholesale changes for Bulls match

6:23 pm on 8 March 2013

The Blues coach Sir John Kirwan has made wholesale changes to his team for Sunday's Super rugby match against the South African side the Bulls at Eden Park.

There are six changes in the starting lineup as Kirwan looks to give new players in the squad an opportunity.

Kirwan says if the side is to be successful they will need to call on the full squad and there needs to be be internal competition.

The Tasman prop Tim Perry will make his Super Rugby debut in place of Tom McCartney, while Quentin MacDonald replaces James Parsons at hooker.

Liaki Moli will start ahead of Culum Retallick at lock and Steven Luatua shifts to number eight replacing Peter Saili while Kane Barrett slots in at blindside flanker.

In the backs, Baden Kerr will make his first start at first five in place of Chris Noakes while Taranaki's Waisake Naholo will make his Super Rugby debut on the left wing.

Ronald Raaymakers, Marty McKenzie and Jamison Gibson-Park are all poised to make their debuts after being named on the bench.