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Blues start Barrett at fullback against Hurricanes

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Blues Super rugby head coach Leon Macdonald has named his team to play the Hurricanes at Eden Park and included Beauden Barrett at fullback against his former team.

Recent signing Dan Carter has not been included in the line-up for his Blues Super rugby Aotearoa debut.

There will be no gate sales available and organisers advise fans to allow extra time to get to and from the game with a 3.35pm start.

Blues CEO Andrew Hore said the Blues are humbled and stunned with the response from fans with the event-capacity of 43,000 tickets realised by midday on Saturday.

“It was only a few weeks ago that we were planning for a competition behind closed doors. When we got the news during the week that fans could come, we always wanted to do our part in terms of ticket pricing because we know that many of our fans have been doing it hard.

“I want to recognise the mammoth job from everyone involved in being able to turn an event of this size around in less than a week.

“This will be a special occasion that everyone will remember and a celebration of what New Zealand has achieved as a nation to get to this stage.

“The key now is for everyone to understand that this is a huge crowd, so please leave plenty of time to get to and from the stadium because we be undertaking contact tracing. Please check the AT site for your travel information and remember to be patient.”

Blues

15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Mark Telea, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Otere Black, 9 Sam Nock, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Tom Robinson, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (captain), 3 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 2 James Parsons, 1 Alex Hodgman

Replacements: 16 Kurt Eklund, 17 Ezekiel Lindenmuth, 18 Marcel Renata, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Dalton Papalii, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Matt Duffie

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