This Sunday, Highlanders will receive a Blues in Dunedin for a new date of Super Rugby Aotearoa. The duel can be lived live at 0.35 on ESPN Play, and delayed at 11 on ESPN 3.
Head coach MacDonald decided to make only one modification to the XV starter who will hit the field this weekend. Karl Tu’inukuafe enters the first line, fully recovered from an injury while Alex Hodgman will be on the bench after six consecutive starts.
The back line remains the same with Beauden Barrett opening again, while Dan Carter still does not appear among the 23 summoned for the game.
Blues: 15 Matt Duffie, 14 Mark Telea, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Finlay Christie; 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Dalton Papalii, 5 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (c), 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 Kurt Eklund, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe
Substitutes: 16 Luteru Tolai, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Josh Goodhue, 20 Tony Lamborn, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Otere Black, 23 Harry Plummer
Stadium: Forsyth Barr, Dunedin
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistants: James Doleman, Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Chris Hart