Fiji Time: 2:23 PM on Friday 27 May

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Key Blues players to miss Chiefs clash

AAP
Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Update: 12:07PM Veteran All Blacks prop Tony Woodcock and captain Luke Braid will both sit out the Blues' final outing against the Chiefs.

Coach Sir John Kirwan felt it wasn't worth risking the pair for Friday's match at Eden Park.

Woodcock injured a shoulder in last week's loss to the Crusaders while Braid is set to undergo surgery.

"Woody's had a great season for us, so it's a big loss," Kirwan said.

"It's unfortunate, but he's not quite 100 per cent and we need to make sure he's fine."

Braid has been carrying a shoulder injury all season and on Thursday will be operated on.

"He's been having issues so he needs to have double shoulder reconstruction," Kirwan said.

"We had two tentative dates booked, this week and the week after the finals and I just felt that if we could get it done now then he'd be back for the beginning of next season."

Sam Prattley will replace Woodcock at loosehead prop, while Brendon O'Connor comes in for Braid.

Charles Piutau returns to his favoured position of fullback in a reshuffled Blues backline, with Tevita Li coming onto the left wing in place of George Moala.

Wing Lolagi Visinia is hoping to overcome a haematoma to his quad and is currently bracketed with Moala.

Francis Saili also comes in at centre for Pita Ahki, who has joined the New Zealand Sevens team ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this month.

Blues: Charles Piutau, Lolagi Visinia/George Moala, Francis Saili, Ma'a Nonu, Tevita Li, Ihaia West, Bryn Hall, Jerome Kaino, Brendon O'Connor, Steven Luatua, Tom Donnelly, Patrick Tuipulotu, Charlie Faumuina, Keven Mealamu (capt), Sam Prattley. Reserves: James Parsons, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Angus Ta'avao, Hayden Triggs, Peter Saili, Jamison Gibson-Park, Jackson Willison, George Moala/Albert Nikoro.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61880.5998
JPY 52.941849.9418
GBP 0.32410.3161
EUR 0.42560.4136
NZD 0.71310.6801
AUD 0.66260.6376
USD 0.47860.4616

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 27th May 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Families live in fear
  2. Remains of missionary receives a proper burial 200 years later
  3. $40k boost for Fiji 7s team
  4. Uncle told to stay away from niece
  5. Kolinisau ready to enjoy break from 7s
  6. Clean credit slate
  7. 10 years in jail for rape of girl, 16
  8. Vaivai snatches gold
  9. Maharaj: Need to have contingency plans
  10. Bridges hit by major overloading problem

Top Stories this Week

  1. A costly 'blunder' Saturday (21 May)
  2. Son crushed to death, parents seek answers Tuesday (24 May)
  3. Ryan gutted Tuesday (24 May)
  4. Hayne, Ryan miss out Wednesday (25 May)
  5. Hayne's Rio barrier Monday (23 May)
  6. Senior citizen's alleged murder angers police Saturday (21 May)
  7. Ryan eyes Olympics gold Saturday (21 May)
  8. Family, friends bid farewell to navy officer Sunday (22 May)
  9. Life of sacrifice Sunday (22 May)
  10. 7s fans disappointed Thursday (26 May)