Ahki Makes Season Debut For Blues

Ahki Makes Season Debut For Blues

Former All Black Sevens player Pita Ahki will make his season debut for the Blues in their Super Rugby clash against the chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday.

Ahki makes his first start after a pre-season foot injury, and will start at centre outside George Moala who moves in one slot, with Peter Saili moving to the bench.
All Black and Blues veteran Keven Mealamu returns for his second start of the season, Ofa Tu’ungafasi starts with Tony Woodcock out with injury while fellow All Black Charlie Faumuina is bracketed at prop with Angus Ta’avao.
Patrick Tuipulotu will come off the bench along fellow All Black James Parsons.
There are changes in the backs with Jamison Gibson-Park given his first start at halfback and Tevita Li returning to the wing.

The team is:
  1. Ofa Tu’ungafasi
  2. Keven Mealamu
  3. Charlie Faimuina/Angus Ta’avao
  4. Josh Bekhuis
  5. Hayden Triggs
  6. Steven Luatua
  7. Brendon O’Connor
  8. Jerome Kaino
  9. Jamison Gibson-Park
  10. Dan Bowden
  11. Tevita Li
  12. George Moala
  13. Pita Ahki
  14. Frank Halai
  15. Charles Piutau
Reserves:
16. James Parsons
17. Sam Prattley
18. Angus Ta’avao
19. Patrick Tuipulotu
20. Luke Braid
21. Jimmy Cowan
22. Ihaia West
23. Francis Saili