Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan has named a 26-man squad that will travel to South Africa for matches against the Sharks and Cheetahs.
The Blues squad will leave for South Africa this Friday in the afternoon as they play the Sharks in Durban on June the 29th before heading to Bloemfontein to face the Cheetahs on July the 6th.
Current All Blacks squad members Charles Piutau, Francis Saili, Steven Luatua, Piri Weepu, Keven Mealamu and Rene Ranger will join the team early next week following the third Test match against France in New Plymouth on Saturday.
The squad features 10 players who have not travelled to South Africa before, including Wider Training Group player Lolagi Visinia, who played for the New Zealand Under-20s this morning in their loss to England.
Visinia will fly from France following the playoff match against South Africa to join the team.
Blues squad :
Tim Perry,Sam Prattley,Angus Ta’avao,Ofa Tu’ungafasi
Quentin MacDonald,Keven Mealamu,James Parsons
Anthony Boric,Culum Retallick,Ali Williams
Luke Braid,Steven Luatua,Peter Saili,Brendon O’Connor,Kane Barrett
Jamison Gibson-Park,Piri Weepu,
Baden Kerr,Chris Noakes
Francis Saili,Jackson Willison,Rene Ranger
George Moala,Frank Halai,Charles Piutau,Lolagi Visinia