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Moala to play 50th Blues Super Rugby match against Kings

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Midfielder George Moala has been named to play his 50th Super Rugby match against the Kings at Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

Twenty-five-year-old Moala will become the most capped Blues backline player to take on the Kings.

The match is the first for the Blues in their three match tour which will also see them playing the Lions in Johannesburg and the Force in Perth.

Melani Nanai, who had three starts early in the season, returns to start on the right wing in place of Rieko Ioane, who has joined the All Blacks Sevens.

The other changes come in the front row with Ofa Tu’ungafasi , who has played in every game this year, gets a start after four games coming off the bench, swapping with Charlie Faumuina.

Northland captain Matt Moulds will be looking for his first game of the season, named on the bench as replacement hooker, after two caps last year.

When the Blues return to New Zealand they have a much anticipated clash against the Crusaders at Eden Park before the June international break.

Blues

Sam Prattley, James Parsons (c), Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu, Josh Bekhuis, Jerome Kaino, Tanerau Latimer, Steven Luatua; Bryn Hall, Ihaia West, Tevita Li, Piers Francis, George Moala, Melani Nanai, Lolagi Visinia.

Replacements : Matt Moulds, Nic Mayhew, Charlie Faumuina, Hoani Matenga, Kara Pryor, Billy Guyton, Matt McGahan, Male Sa’u.

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