Faumuina completes All Black front

Faumuina completes All Black front

Charlie Faumuina returns to form an All Black front for the Blues in Friday night’s Super Rugby clash against the Bulls at Eden Park.

There’s a youthful look about the team which is hit with eight players ruled out by injuries comprising Jerome Kaino, Luke Braid, Bryn Hall, Charles Piutau, Hayden Triggs, Hamish Northcott, Patrick Tuipulotu and Dan Bowden.
With an eye to the future there’s some young talent included with the inform Akira Ioane to start again after this week being named in the New Zealand Under-20 team for the world Cup along with Blues Teammates Blake Gibson, Tevita Li and apprentice Isa Tu’ungafasi.
While Keven Mealamu adds real experience and firepower on the bench, there are some young guns looking for their Super Rugby debuts in lock Will Lloyd, halfback Jamie Booth and midfield back Matt Vaega.
The team is:

  1. Tony Woodcock
  2. James Parsons
  3. Charlie Faumuina
  4. Josh Bekhuis
  5. Culum Retallick
  6. Akira Ioane
  7. Brendon O’Connor
  8. Steven Luatua (c)
  9. Jamison Gibson-Park
  10. Ihaia West
  11. Melani Nanai
  12. George Moala
  13. Francis Saili
  14. Ben Lam
  15. Lolagi Visinia

Reserves:

16. Keven Mealamu
17. Ofa Tu’ungafasi
18. Sam Prattley
19. Will Lloyd
20. Blake Gibson
21. Jimmy Cowan/Jamie Booth
22. Simon Hickey
23. Matt Vaega