The Blues have received a boost ahead of their final round match in the Super Rugby Championship against the Waratahs at Eden Park.
All Blacks Charlie Faumuina and George Moala have both passed fitness tests and will come on to the bench for tonight’s game.
The pair was injured playing for the All Blacks in the test series against Wales, but trained with the team this week.
“It’s a great boost for the team ahead of tonight’s game,” said head coach Tana Umaga. “
Both boys have been training really hard to be considered for selection. They both want to play in this final game really badly and will give our bench some real strength.”
Also coming off the bench, as he has for the past two games since coming back from five weeks out with injury, is loose forward Blake Gibson.
Sam Prattley, James Parsons ( C ), Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu, Josh Bekhuis, Jerome Kaino, Kara Pryor, Steven Luatua; Bryn Hall, Ihaia West, Tevita Li, Piers Francis, Male Sa’u, Matt Duffie, Melani Nanai.
Replacements: Matt Moulds, Nic Mayhew, Charlie Faumuina, Scott Scrafton, Blake Gibson, Billy Guyton, George Moala, Lolagi Visinia.