Ma’a Nonu is set to make his first appearance for the Blues offshore after being named in the 26-man squad to tour South Africa.
Nonu is yet to don the Blues jersey after only arriving back in New Zealand last week following a stint in Japan with the Ricoh Black Rams.
Notable absences from the touring squad are number eight Peter Saili and lock Liaki Moli.
The Blues have an arduous South African tour, taking on the Bulls in Pretoria (6.10am Sunday March 11) and the Stormers in Cape Town (6.10am Saturday March 17).
The squad departs from Auckland Airport on Saturday. The 26-man Blues squad to travel to South Africa is:
(Note: this squad is subject to change if required after tonight’s match against the Chiefs)
Keven Mealamu – Capt