19 Feb 2009

Mealamu likely to start against the Bulls

6:47 pm on 19 February 2009

The All Black hooker Keven Mealamu looks to have recovered from a hamstring injury suffered in the Blues win over the Western Force and is set to take his place in the Blues starting lineup to take on the Bulls in Pretoria.

The Blues coach Pat Lam says he'll give Mealamu every chance to play but won't risk his captain if there's any doubt over his fitness.

Lam says if Mealamu is ruled out by injury Tom McCartney will start at hooker and Josh Blackie will start at openside in his first game since returning to New Zealand after plying his trade in Japan.

The Blues, Bulls clash kicks off at Pretoria's Loftus Versfeld at four am New Zealand time on Sunday morning.