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McAlister to sit out Rebels match

20/04/2011 02:30:41 PM Comments (0)

Blues inside centre Luke McAlister has been relegated to the bench for their Super Rugby clash with the Melbourne Rebels in Auckland on Friday night.

McAlister, who has been in impressive form this season to push his claims for a return to the national side, has been replaced by former All Black Benson Stanley.

In two other changes to the starting lineup for the North Harbour Stadium, lock Ali Williams returns to the pack.

Williams has not featured since he injured a hamstring in the 22-22 draw with the Force on March 13 and takes the place of Kurtis Haiu who suffered a head injury in the win over the Waratahs last Saturday.

While All Blacks prop Tony Woodcock, who missed the 31-17 win at Eden Park, takes the place of tryscorer Tevita Mailau after recovering from a calf injury.

Mailau moves to the to bench, with Pauliasi Manu dropping out of the 22, while Toby Morland replaces Chris Smylie in the reserves.

Blues: Isaia Toeava, Joe Rokocoko, Jared Payne, Benson Stanley, Rene Ranger, Stephen Brett, Alby Mathewson, Peter Saili, Luke Braid, Jerome Kaino, Ali Williams, Anthony Boric, John Afoa, Keven Mealamu (capt), Tony Woodcock. Reserves: Tom McCartney, Tevita Mailau, Filo Paulo, Chris Lowrey, Toby Morland, Luke McAlister, Lachie Munro.

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