8 Apr 2009

Blues backl;ine reshuffled for Lions match

4:47 pm on 8 April 2009

The Blues coach Pat Lam has re-arranged the backline for Friday night's Super 14 rugby match against the South African side the Lions in Auckland.

Chris Smylie will start at halfback with Lam's first choice Taniela Moa missing the match as a part of his punishment for being involved in a bottle throwing incident last month .

Isaia Toeava moves into second-five with Anthony Tuitavake at centre, Tasesa Lavea starts at first-fIve for the first time since round four while Rudi Wulf returns from injury on the left wing for his first start this season.

Joe Rokocoko has a slight hamstring strain and has been bracketed with Renee Ranger on the right.

In the forwards Josh Blackie is back from injury but another flanker Onosa'i Auva'a is out of the season with a stress-fractured leg.