McAlister edges out Nacewa for the Blues vs Force




Luke McAlister will start at No.10 for the Blues in this weekend’s match against the Force at Albany. As McAlister starts at number 10 the player who got the Blues the backline working, Isa Nacewa will move to the wing.

Coach David Nucifora is seeing this match against the Force, who are at the bottom of the log, as a good oppotunity to rest some of his key players ahead of the Blues three match South African tour.

Woodcock and Ali Williams are both moved to the bench and replaced by Saimone Taumoepeau and Anthony Boric

Doug Howlett returns to the squad but will have to come off the bench. Daniel Braid has recovred from his hamstring and will start as openside flanker.


15 Brent Ward, 14 Isa Nacewa, 13 Ben Atiga, 12 Rua Tipoki, 11 Joe Rokocoko, 10 Luke McAlister, 9 John Senio, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Troy Flavell, 5 Anthony Boric, 4 Greg Rawlinson, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu (c), 1 Saimone Taumoepeau.

Reserves: 16 Tim Dow, 17 Tony Woodcock, 18 Ali Williams, 19 Onosai’I Tololima Auva’a, 20 Junior Poluleuigaga, 21 Tasesa Lavea, 22 Doug Howlett.

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