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Blues and All Black hooker Keven Mealamu will look to line up with Otahuhu in the Auckland club rugby competition if the Blues fail to make the Super 14 play-offs.


The Blues loss to the Crusaders has left them on a knife-edge and now they need to win their remaining three round-robin matches as well as having some other results go their was if they are to book a place in the semifinals.


Mealamu, who has made sporadic appearances for Otahuhu since debuting for the All Blacks in 2002 is determined to help the Blues achieve an unlikely semi-final says that he will look for some club action if need be.


“I would probably like to play a couple of games of club rugby. That is always good,” Mealamu told Yahoo!Xtra.


“Teams will be named and we will have a bit of fitness testing as well, which always sucks but it has to be done.


“It is always good fun to go back to club rugby. I like getting back to the roots, I still have heaps of mates at the club that I used to go with school with.


“It is good to catch up with them and see how it is going back to Otahuhu.”


All Black manager Darren Shand has revealed a training camp is tentatively scheduled in Auckland for up to three days in duration during the week of the final, contingent on issues such as player form, injuries and Super 14 results.


“As in previous years, we may have some players train together but it would not involve players from teams in the Rebel Sport Super 14 final,” Shand said.


“Clearly these would be players the coaches were looking at closely, but coming to the camp would not guarantee selection.”


The Blues travel to Brisbane on Tuesday to prepare for Friday night’s round 12 clash against the Reds where they need a bonus point win in that match as well as their other remaining matches to stay in the hunt for a semifinal finish.


After the Blues went down 26-22 to the Crusaders in Christchurch last Friday night Mealamu said the side’s season was a long way from being over.


“We were a little bit unlucky down in Christchurch, but I thought the boys played really well,” he said.


“The spark that everyone had talked about was there. We just need to make sure that we keep that consistent performance this week and for the next couple of weeks.”

 

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