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Saili pulls out for Blues

01st May 2014 04:43

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Francis Saili Blues v Highlanders SR 2013

Ankle sprain: Francis Saili

Blues midfielder Francis Saili is out of Friday's match against the Reds at Eden Park after limping out of training.

Saili collided with another player during a defensive session and initial impressions were of an ankle fracture, however x-rays were clear and it appears he has suffered an ankle sprain.

Jackson Willison comes into the team to replace him.

Blues (revised): 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Jackson Willison, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Lolagi Visinia, 10 Simon Hickey, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Brendon O'Connor, 6 Peter Saili, 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Keven Mealamu (c), 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 James Parsons, 17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Hayden Triggs, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Steven Luatua, 22 Ihaia West, 23 George Moala.

Date: Friday, May 2
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Kick-off: 19:35 (local, 07:35 GMT)
Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)

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