Blues welcome back All Blacks

Jerome Kaino and Charles Piutau will start for the Blues against the Force in Auckland on Saturday.

The All Blacks duo were rested for last weekend's match against the Crusaders.

Piutau's return sees Lolagi Visinia move from fullback to the right wing.

Hooker James Parsons is on the bench, along with flanker Luke Braid, who missed the last two games after a head knock.

Lock Josh Bekhuis and midfielder George Moala are carrying niggling injuries and are currently bracketed with a final decision to be made on Friday on their availability.

Blues – 15 Charles Piutau. 14 Lolagi Visinia, 13 Francis Saili, 12 George Moala/Hamish Northcott, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Dan Bowden, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Jerome Kaino (c), 7 Brendon O’Connor, 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Hayden Triggs, 4 Josh Bekhuis/Culum Retallick, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Subs: 16 James Parsons, 17 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Steven Luatua, 20 Luke Braid, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Hamish Northcott/Tevita Li.

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