– Rene Ranger shifts to the wing.
– George Moala returns after one week suspension.
– Francis Saili starst in at outside centre.
– Tom McCartney replaces Tim Perry.
“It was a pretty easy decision to make, He’s done it for the team. We felt the way we finished last week was pretty special and I think it’s only going to help his career. He’s been our best centre and he will be our centre in the future but we need him to fill that spot for the week while George is away. He’s settled into the position really well and he gives us some more power across the paddock.” Kirwan said of Ranger’s positional switch.
The Blues host the Hurricanes on Saturday, KO 09:35 CAT (08:35 BST)
15. Charles Piutau,14. Frank Halai,13. Francis Saili,12. Jackson Willison,11. Rene Ranger,10. Chris Noakes,9. Piri Weepu,8. Peter Saili,7. Luke Braid,6. Steven Luatua,5. Ali Williams (C),4. Culum Retallick,3. Angus Ta’avao,2. James Parsons,1. Tom McCartney,
Replacements : 16. Keven Mealamu,17. Ofa Tu’ungafasi,18. Anthony Boric,19. Brendon O’Connor,20. Jamison Gibson-Park,21. Baden Kerr,22. Albert Nikoro