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30th January 2014 09:41


Isaia Tuifua for Taranaki

Impact: Isaia Tuifua

Cardiff Blues attack coach Paul John has admitted to looking forward to seeing new recruit Isaia Tuifua in action when they take on Harlequins.

The Samoa international and former Taranaki ace, who stood out in the ITM Cup this year, is set to be in the matchday 23 for the LV= Cup clash.

And with the Blues looking to end their campaign in the competition strongly, John wants to see Tuifua hit the ground running at the Arms Park.

"Isaia has been in with us for a week now and he will be involved in the game. Hopefully he will show a little of what he can do," he told Cardiff Blues' official website about the powerful centre.

"He has still got to get totally used to our patterns and the way we play, but he is keen to be involved and I'm looking forward to seeing him play. He will look to give us something extra.

"This period is important to us," added John. "We want to build confidence and we have some massive games left in the RaboDirect PRO12.

"It's a big opportunity for a number of the players to put their hands up for selection so there is plenty to play for.

"It's a tough assignment; Harlequins are a quality team with good players. But we will see how we go and hopefully it will be a good occasion and we will produce.

"We need those that didn't play last week to come in and get some game time before we play Munster. But injuries give opportunities and people have got to take them when they come."

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