Preview: Auckland v Wellington

Date published: September 4 2014

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Wellington have named wider squad member Belgium Tuatagaloa on the wing for their ITM Cup meeting with Auckland at Eden Park.

Wellington have named wider squad member Belgium Tuatagaloa on the wing for their ITM Cup meeting with Auckland at Eden Park on Saturday.

He comes in for Andrew Wells in jersey number eleven and is joined on his debut start by Tu Umaga-Marshall, who will start at centre.

Scrum-half Frae Wilson also returns to the line-up, taking the place of TJ Perenara, who is back on Rugby Championship duty with the All Blacks.

Meanwhile, Auckland coach Paul Feeney makes four changes to his side for their home game.

With the All Blacks returning to camp, prop Ofa Tu'ungafasi and blindside flanker Joe Edwards are reinstated in the forward pack while Gareth Anscombe replaces Charles Piutau at full-back and Lolagi Visinia returns from injury to start on the wing.

Liaki Moli is back with the squad after missing last week through injury but will have to make his impact from the bench, with William Lloyd retaining the starting second-row jersey.

The teams:

Auckland: 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Vince Aso, 13 George Moala, 12 Francis Saili, 11 Lolagi Visinia, 10 Simon Hickey, 9 Junior Poluleuligaga, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Sean Polwart, 6 Joe Edwards, 5 Jack Whetton, 4 William Lloyd, 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Sam Prattley.
Replacements: 16 Gafatasi Su'a, 17 Nick Barrett, 18 Liaki Moli, 19 Blake Gibson, 20 Leon Fukofuka, 21 TJ Faiane, 22 Ben Lam.

Wellington: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Ambrose Curtis, 13 Tu Umaga-Marshall, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Belgium Tuatagaloa, 10 Chase Tiatia, 9 Frae Wilson, 8 Brad Shields (c), 7 Adam Hill, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Christian Lloyd, 4 Mark Reddish, 3 Taniela Koroi, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 Tolu Fahamokioa.
Replacements: 16 James O'Reilly, 17 Eric Sione, 18 Pau Halafihi, 19 Henry Stowers/Dean Brunsdon, 20 Jared Kahu, 21 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 22 Tau Mamea.

Date: Saturday, September 6
Kick-off: 14:35 local (03:35 BST, 02:35 GMT)
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Referee: Nick Briant

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