Sonny Bill Williams will start at inside centre for the Blues against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.
TJ Faiane moves from No 12 to 13, with Ma’a Nonu, who started at 12 against the Crusaders last weekend, falling out of the match 23.
In other changes to the backline, 19-year-old Caleb Clark will start on the right wing, with Melani Nanai moving to fullback and Michael Collins dropping out of the match-day squad.
Up front, props Karl Tu’inukuafe and Ofa Tu’ungafasi come into the starting lineup, having played off the bench last weekend.
Blues – 15 Melani Nanai, 14 Caleb Clarke, 13 TJ Faiane, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Otere Black, 9 Jonathan Ruru, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Tom Robinson, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (c), 3 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 2 James Parsons, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe.
Subs: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Matt Matich, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Tanielu Tele’a.
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