Marchant to start vs Hurricanes

Marchant to start vs Hurricanes

The Blues will have their final pre-season outing at North Harbour on Friday ahead of the Investec Super Rugby season.

Harbour and Takapuna Rugby Club will host the Blues and the Hurricanes in an important pre-season clash at Onewa  Domain on Friday from 3pm.

It will be the first chance for Blues fans to see English International Joe Marchant who will play the first half of the game at centre.

The whole Blues squad will play on Friday with Marchant in the midfield alongside TJ Faiane who will captain he “first half” team.

Marchant was quick to thank his team mates when asked about his starting role. “Everyone’s been so friendly and welcoming since I’ve arrived.

“It’s been a fast paced pre-season, everything is done at top speed. It helps having such perfect conditions to train in. I was on the phone with family back home and it’s minus 1 Deg and I’m on my way to training in 25 Deg.”

Local fans will welcome Harbour ‘s All Black Karl Tu’inukafe who will also play the first half, back to full fitness after off-season surgery.

Be there to catch all the action at Onewa Domain, home of Takapuna Rugby Football Club. Kick off is at 3pm. $10 entry for adults and children are free. All proceeds go to Takapuna RFC.

 

The Blues team to play Hurricanes is:

Starting XV:

1. Alex Hodgman

2. Ray Niuia

3. Karl Tu’inukuafe

4. Aaron Carroll

5. James Tucker

6. Dalton Papalii

7. Tony Lamborn

8. Hoskins Sotutu

9. Jonathan Ruru

10. Stephen Perofeta

11. Mark Telea

12. TJ Faiane©

13. Joe Marchant

14. Jordan Hyland

15. Emoni Narawa

 

Reserves:

18. Ezekiel Lindenmuth

16. Luteru Tolai

3.Marcel Renata

4. Jacob Pierce

5. Josh Goodhue

6. Tom Robinson

7. Blake Gibson

8. Akira Ioane

9. Sam Nock

10. Harry Plummer

11. Matt Duffie

17. Tevita Mafileo

21. Lewis Gjaltema

19. Sam Caird

20. Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa

13. Tamati Tua

16. Soane Vikena

 

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