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All Blacks straight in for Blues

24th June 2014 06:52


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Recovered: Francis Saili

Blues head coach John Kirwan is ready to select all of his players this weekend who recently turned out for New Zealand against England.

After winning the series 3-0, the likes of Tony Woodcock, Jerome Kaino, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ma'a Nonu and more will return for the must-win clash this weekend against the Force.

Francis Saili is also expected to return from injury, with Charles Piutau and Simon Hickey not quite ready to return.

"I've spoken to all the guys in the All Blacks and they're really keen to get back into the Blues environment,'' Kirwan told Stuff.

"We've got a hard ask but everyone is really positive about what we're doing.

"The one game that's really important for us is this week, and it's a balance between resting them up, refreshing the legs and making sure we're ready to go.''

Kirwan was also delighted with the Blues success at the Singapore 10s, adding that Piri Weepu and Ofa Tu'ungafasi would link up with the squad in Perth.

"Tens is something we want to concentrate on - it's great for our brand overseas. I see it as a real positive," added Kirwan.

"The guys are going to come back and inject a bit of excitement, we're all clapping and yahooing this morning, and we've got a trophy in the cabinet which is important.''

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