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Blues recall big guns for Chiefs clash

Ali Williams is back in the Blues starting line up

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Article Published: Wednesday 30 May 2012|

Blues coach Pat Lam has drafted All Blacks Ali Williams and Ma'a Nonu back into his starting side, to take on the Chiefs in North Harbour on Saturday night.

Lam welcomes the return of several players who have recovered from their resepective injuries, and has made a total of six changes to his side that went down to the Highlanders last weekend.

Michael Hobbs replaces the injured Gareth Anscombe at flyhalf, while Rudi Wulf has been selected at fullback after recovering from his shoulder injury, for what will be his 50th game.

Another returning back is Rene Ranger who sustained a rib injury last month and will start on the left wing. Francis Saili retains the starting centre slot for the second week in a row.

Meanwhile, rookie hooker James Parson gets the nod to start, following his solid performances in recent weeks.


Tony Woodcock, James Parsons, Tevita Mailau, Liaki Moli, Ali Williams, Steven Luatua, Daniel Braid, Luke Braid (c), Alby Mathewson, Michael Hobbs, Rene Ranger, Ma'a Nonu, Francis Saili, Lachie Munro, Rudi Wulf.

Reserves: Tom McCartney, Angus Ta'avao, Filo Paulo, Peter Saili, Piri Weepu, Hadleigh Parkes, David Raikuna.

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