Several newly named Blues players are in international action around the globe this weekend.
In the USA prop Charlie Faumuina, lock Patrick Tuipulotu and winger Charles Piutau have been named in the All Blacks line-up to meet USA in an historic Test at Soldier Field in Chicago.
They are in the All Blacks side to play this Saturday in front of a 65,100 capacity sell-out, a record attendance for arugby match in America.
The match, which kicks off at 9am (NZT) onSunday, will be live streamed at no cost on All Blacks TV
Meanwhile lock Hayden Triggs, first-five Ihaia West and reserve Jamison Gibson-Park have been named in the Maori AllBlacks team to meet Japan in the first match of their 2014 tour.
They take on Japan at Kobe on Saturday starting at 6.10pm (NZ time), and their second match against the Cherry Blossoms again on 8 November in Tokyo. The match will be screened live on SkyTelevision.
Frank Halai, Francis Saili, Steven Luatua, Angus Ta’avao and James Parsons will start for the Barbarians at the famedTwickenham against Australia, to start their northern tour.
The Barbarians side is coached by Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan, and kicks off at 3.30am NZT on Sunday. For a video preview of the Barbarians’ game, go to England Rugby.