May 12, 2022
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Hodgman returns, Sotutu retains spot

Former Fiji Under 20 prop Alex Hadgman makes his return while Number 8 Hoskins Sotutu retains his spot in the Blues lineup to face the Queensland Reds on Saturday. 
 
Hodgman sustained an injury after playing his 50th match for the Blues in round 11 of the Super Rugby Pacific against the Western Force but he is all set to continue his outstanding season, joining a powerful front row with hooker Kurt Eklund and All Black Ofa Tuungafasi. 
 
The potent All Black trio of Akira Ioane, captain Dalton Papalii and Hoskins Sotutu are retained as the loose forwards. 
 
The Blues will face the Reds at 7.05pm on Saturday at Eden park in New Zealand. 
 
Blues: Alex Hodgman, Kurt Eklund, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, James Tucker, Tom Robinson, Akira Ioane, Dalton Papalii (c), Hoskins Sotutu, Finlay Christie, Beauden Barrett, Caleb Clarke, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Rieko Ioane, Mark Telea, Stephen Perofeta
 
Reserves: Soana Vikena, Jordan Lay, Nepo Laulala, Luke Romano, Adrian Choat, Sam Nock, Bryce Heem, Zarn Sullivan
 
Reds: Dane Zander, Albert Anae, Feao Fotuaika, Ryan Smith, Angus Blyth, Connor Vest, Angus Scott-Young, Seru Uru, Tate McDermott (c), James O'Connor, Jordan Petaia, Hunter Paisami, Josh Flook, Suliasi Vunivalu, Jock Campbell
 
Reserves:  Matt Faessler, Harry Hoopert, Sef Fa'agase, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Tuaina Tualima, Kalani Thomas, Hamish Stewart, Lawson Creighton
 
By Romeka Romena  


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