Francis gets pivotal role for Blues

Thu, 04 May 2017 08:08
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Blues have named a virtually unchanged team for the second leg of their Australian tour against the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.

Flyhalf Piers Francis has been cleared of the wrist injury that ruled him out last weekend's Super Rugby match against the Brumbies on the day of the game. Francis, who has been selected to play for England in Argentina next month, returns to the No.10 jersey with Bryn Gatland to come off the bench.

The rest of the side remains unchanged from the line-up that managed a bonus-point win over the Brumbies in Canberra.

The team is facing the second of a challenging six-match run that sees them home against the Cheetahs next Friday ahead of a one-off trek against the Stormers in South Africa

The Blues then return to meet the Chiefs before travelling to Samoa to take on the Reds.

Blues: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 George Moala, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Leighton Price, 20 Murphy Taramai, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 Melani Nanai.

Date: Saturday, May 6
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 19.45 (21.45 NZ time; 09.45 GMT)
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Will Houston (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Samoa vs Wales
sast: 08h30 | local: 18h30

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Force 13 4 0 9 17
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Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
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