Blues lock in Filo Paulo as cover for Williams



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Blues head coach Pat Lam has named his team for Thursday’s final pre-season match against the Crusaders in Motueka (kick-off 5.30pm).

Prop Tony Woodcock will make his first appearance for the Blues this year to complete an All Black trio in the front row, while North Harbour lock Filo Paulo will wear the number five jersey this week, in the absence of Ali Williams whose season ended last week with an Achilles tendon rupture in the Blues v Chiefs pre-season match.

The Blues team to face the Crusaders in Motueka on Thursday is:

15. Paul Williams,14. Rene Ranger,13. Isaia Toeava,12. Benson Stanley,11. Joe Rokocoko,10. Daniel Kirkpatrick,9. Alby Mathewson,8. Viliami Ma’afu,7. Serge Lilo,6. Jerome Kaino,5. Filo Paulo,4. Kurtis Haiu,3. John Afoa,2. Keven Mealamu (c),1. Tony Woodcock

16. Tom McCartney,17. Tevita Mailau,18. Peter Saili,19. Tom Chamberlain,20. Chris Smylie,21. Stephen Brett,22. Rudi Wulf

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