23 Apr 2015

Blues captain Kaino out of Crusaders clash

4:41 pm on 23 April 2015

Blues captain Jerome Kaino has been rested for their Super Rugby clash with the Crusaders in Christchuch on Saturday.

Blues captain Jerome Kaino hails the crowd after their win over the Brumbies

Blues captain Jerome Kaino hails the crowd after their win over the Brumbies Photo: Photosport

Other All Blacks Charles Piutau and James Parsons, who have played in every game so far this season, have also been given a week off.

Keven Mealamu will captain the side and he is part of an All Black front row with Tony Woodcock and Charles Faumuina, with the trio boasting 260 Test caps and 383 Super Rugby games.

Steven Luatua returns at No.8 after his week off.

The Northland hooker Matt Moulds has been named on the bench and is in line for his Super Rugby debut.

Those players not considered because of injury are lock Patrick Tuipulotu, midfielder Pita Ahki and halfback Bryn Hall.

The Blues are 14th on the table with one win, while the Crusaders are 10th with four wins.

Blues:

1 Tony Woodcock

2 Keven Mealamu (captain)

3 Charlie Faumuina

4 Josh Bekhuis

5 Hayden Triggs

6 Akira Ioane

7 Brendon O'Connor

8 Steven Luatua

9 Jimmy Cowan

10 Dan Bowden

11 Melani Nanai

12 George Moala

13 Francis Saili

14 Frank Halai

15 Lolagi Visinia

Replacements:

16 Matt Moulds

17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi

18 Angus Ta'avao

19 Culum Retallick

20 Blake Gibson

21 Jamison Gibson-Park

22 Ihaia West

23 Tevita Li

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