20 Feb 2014

Benji Marshall to come off bench in Blues debut

3:54 pm on 20 February 2014

The Blues' star signing, Benji Marshall, is set to make his Super Rugby debut from the bench in his Super Rugby opener against the Highlanders in Dunedin.

The former league international is seen as on option at first five-eighth and fullback, but the coach Sir John Kirwan says he's not ready to start in either position.

Chris Noakes will instead lead the team at 10, while the All Black, Charles Piutau, has been declared and will start at fullback after dealing with a knee injury.

The Blues will be without the All Blacks, Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu and Ma'a Nonu who are being rested, while the nuber eight, Jerome Kaino, is yet to arrive back from Japan.


Starting XV

15. Charles Piutau

14. Frank Halai

13. Jackson Willison

12. Francis Saili

11. George Moala

10. Chris Noakes

9. Piri Weepu

8. Peter Saili

7. Luke Braid

6. Steven Luatua

5. Tom Donnelly

4. Liaki Moli

3. Charlie Faumuina

2. James Parsons

1. Ofa Tu'ungafasi


16. Tom McCartney

17. Sam Prattley

18. Angus Ta'avao

19. Patrick Tuipulotu

20. Brendon O'Connor

21. Bryn Hall

22. Benji Marshall

23. Tevita Li