June 17, 2022
Four Fijians have cemented their spot in the starting line-up of the grand final of the Super Rugby Pacific between the Blues and Crusaders tomorrow.
The Blues will see Alex Hodgman at prop and Hoskins Sotutu at Number 8 retaining their spot from last week's semifinal.
In the Crusaders team, George Bower will start at prop while Sevu Reece takes the wing.
Meanwhile, the Blues are boosted by the return of Dalton Papalii, pushing to be fit after missing the last two weeks with an appendix operation.
On the other hand, the Crusaders have also made just one change to their starting side, welcoming back Sam Whitelock, who last featured in their quarter-final win over the Reds, overcoming a thumb injury to be fit for the decider.
He replaces young lock Zach Gallagher, who drops out of the side with Quinten Strange earning a spot on the bench.
The final will kick off at 7.05 pm at Eden Park in New Zealand tomorrow.
Blues: Alex Hodgman, Kurt Eklund, Nepo Laulala, Josh Goodhue, Tom Robinson, Akira Ioane, Adrian Choat, Hoskins Sotutu, Finlay Christie, Beauden Barrett (c), AJ Lam, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Rieko Ioane, Mark Telea, Stephen Perofeta
Reserves: Soane Vikena, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Ofa Tuungafasi, Luke Romano, Dalton Papalii/James Tucker, Sam Nock, Bryce Heem, Zarn Sullivan
Crusaders: George Bower, Codie Taylor, Oli Jager, Scott Barrett (c), Sam Whitelock, Pablo Matera, Tom Christie, Cullen Grace, Bryn Hall, Richie Mo'unga, Leicester Faninga'anuku, David Havili, Jack Goodhue, Sevu Reece, Will Jordan
Reserves: Brodie McAlister, Tamaiti Williams, Fletcher Newell, Quinten Strange, Corey Kellow, Mitch Drummond, Braydon Ennor, George Bridge
By Romeka Romena