Blues Development XV to play Saturday

Blues Development XV to play Saturday

The Blues have named their first Development XV for the 2015 season to play the Chiefs Development at QBE Stadium on Saturday (kick off 5.05pm).

Headed by High Performance Manager Tony Hanks and Team Manager Grant Wilson, the team will be coached again by Steve Jackson and Paul Feeney.

In 2015 the Blues Development Programme will consist of 5 games including an Under 20 Selection against the Hurricanes on Wednesday 25th February. The Development Team was unbeaten through the 2014 season and 6 players from the Blues Development Team earned Super Rugby contracts with the Blues in 2015 including Blues Development Player of the Year Melani Nanai.

“The Blues Development Programme is an important part of our High Performance Strategy and Pathways. We are committed to providing development and playing opportunities for players in the Blues region,” said Hanks.

“A number of the guys have already had a taste of the Blues environment, being involved in the Apprenticeship programme and pre season games. Other players have been selected on the back of strong performances with their Provincial Teams in 2014. It gives the players another opportunity to impress the Blues coaches.”

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Blues Development Team to Play the Chiefs Development Team
1. Sam Prattley (Blues)
2. Greg Pleasants-Tate (Blues)
3. Sione Mafileo (North Harbour)
4. Scott Scrafton (Auckland)
5. William Lloyd (Blues)
6. Jack Ram (Northland)
7. Kara Pryor (Blues)
8. Joe Edwards (Blues)
9. Bryn Hall (Blues)
10. Matt McGahan (North Harbour)
11. Liam Steel (Auckland)
12. TJ Faiane (Auckland)
13. Matt Vaega (Blues)
14. Frank Halai (Blues)
15. Melani Nanai (Blues)
16. Ray Niuia (North Harbour)
17. Nic Mayhew (North Harbour)
18. Fraser Armstrong (Auckland)
19. Gerrard Tuioti-Mariner (North Harbour)
20. Jordan Manihera (North Harbour)
21. Jake Ashby (TBC)
22. Troy Gilbert (Northland)
23. Matt Wright (Northland)
24. Nick Smith (Auckland)

Future Blues Development matches
Wednesday February 25th
Blues Under 20s v Hurricanes Under 20s
Owen Delaney Park, Taupo

Saturday April 4th
Blues A v Argentina Pampas
Venue and Kick Off TBC

Saturday April 4th
Blues Development v Chiefs Development
Waikato Stadium

Tuesday April 14th
Blues Development v Hurricanes Development
Owen Delaney Park, Taupo