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Blues to use Ranger as a centre in Super Rugby

Rene Ranger will be used as a centre by the Blues this season

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Article Published: Monday 14 January 2013|

New Blues Super Rugby coach John Kirwan plans to use back Rene Ranger in a leadership role in 2013 but more importantly he wants to play the winger at centre.

Kirwan says that Ranger has been outstanding throughout the Blues preliminary stages of preparation for the new season.

"He's leading the backline and doing a great job," he said.

While injuries force coaches into playing players out of position Kirwan said that he plans to use Ranger as a centre as much as is possible in 2013.

"He should be a key focal point in our backline that's not to say down the line he might have to cover other positions, but for me he has to cement our backline," he said.

One of the first deparurtures from the Blues after Kirwan's arrival as coach was All Black centre Ma'a Nonu so the new coach wants to use Ranger as Nonu's replacement.

Kirwan said that he was delighted that pre-Christmas training was was advanced over the holiday period and that all players returned last with improved statistics.

"This week has been our first technical week so it has been really intense for them and it has been a good week," he said.

The Blues are being assisted in defence by former All Black coach Graham Henry but Kirwan has brought in a changed attacking programme.

"There's quite a lot of learning to be done in the next two weeks. They're positive, they're fast learners and I think we are all on the same page," he told Sportal.

Another player that Kirwan has big plans for is lock Anthony Boric but at the moment the coach does not want to put him under any pressure to play.

"I think he's a fantastic Blues man. He has come through a pretty big injury so there's no pressure on him back to play.

"He's right on target, he's looking fantastic but I just want to make sure that when he comes back he's coming back to stay and that he achieves all the goals that he still wants to achieve in the game," he said.

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