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  •   Home > News > Sports > Rugby

    Blues welcome back former All Black and hand debut to brother of one for Saturday's Super Rugby match

    Super Rugby's leaders the Blues welcome back a former All Black and will hand a debut to the brother of one for Saturday's Super Rugby match against the unchanged Highlanders at Eden Park

    Stephen Perofeta returns from a troublesome shoulder injury that has kept him out for six weeks, alongside him on the bench will be uncapped prop Mason Tupaea, brother of Chiefs second-five Quinn.

    Elsewhere, one of the leading contenders to be the next All Blacks captain remains under an injury cloud.

    Scott Barrett will miss the Crusaders trip to Canberra to face the Brumbies due to a back issue sustained against the Reds earlier this month.

    Coach Rob Penney...

    Codie Taylor will captain the side in Barrett's absence with Johnny McNicholl listed as his deputy.

    Fergus Burke makes his long awaited return from injury with David Havili shuffling out to second five.

    Damian McKenzie and Shaun Stevenson return to the Chiefs backline after time off as they face the Rebels on Friday, while the Hurricanes have made 11 changes from the side that lost to the Blues for Friday's home game against Moana Pasifika.


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