Blues rotate their players


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The Blues have made three changes to their line-up for their Super 14 clash against the Reds at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

Blues coach David Nucifora has jumped on the rotation bandwagon, with Steve Devine coming in for David Gibson at scrum-half and Justin Collins replacing Angus Macdonald at flank.

Both Devine and Collins are having their first starts of the campaign, having come off the bench in previous matches.

Gibson and Macdonald have been included among the replacements as the Blues look to pick themselves up from their one point loss to the Hurricances last week.

However, full-back George Pisi has paid for lapses in concentration in the 23-22 loss by being dropped from the 22-strong squad all together.

Ben Atiga takes over from Pisi’s in the number 15 jersey.

Nucifora said both Gibson and Macdonald had shown good form over the opening three weeks.

“But we need to start giving the other guys more of the workload,” Nucifora said.

“With George, he has had some good performances, but he’s aware he needs to concentrate for 80 minutes and get some of the small errors out of his game that cropped up last week.”

Blues:15 Ben Atiga, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Isaia Toeava, 12 Luke McAlister, 11 Anthony Tuitavake, 10 Isa Nacewa, 9 Steve Devine, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Justin Collins, 5 Troy Flavell (captain), 4 Greg Rawlinson, 3 John Afoa, 2 Derren Witcombe, 1 Saimone Taumoepeau
Replacements: 16 Chris Heard, 17 Nick White, 18 Anthony Boric, 19 Angus Macdonald, 20 David Gibson, 21 Sam Tuitupou, 22 Rudi Wulf

Date: Saturday 24 February
Kick-off: 19:35 (06:35 GMT)
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Referee: Willie Roos (South Africa)
Touch judges: Craig Joubert (South Africa), Brent Murray (New Zealand)
Television match official: Chris Rooney (New Zealand)

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