Fran­cis to make his de­but for Blues

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Auck­land:

Eng­land-born Piers Fran­cis will make his Su­per Rugby de­but against the Jaguares as the Blues seek to im­prove their back­line com­mu­ni­ca­tion. The Coun­ties Manukau five-eighth will wear the No.12 jersey, out­side Ihaia West, against the Ar­gen­tines on Auck­land’s North Shore tonight.

His in­clu­sion is one of four changes that coach Tana Umaga has made to his start­ing 15. “We’re look­ing for some of the skills he has in terms of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and sec­ond pivot, and to give some as­sis­tance to Ihaia in there,” Umaga said.

Fran­cis, 25, suf­fered a foot in­jury in the pre­sea­son win over the Mel­bourne Rebels and has worked his way back through club rugby.

Lo­lagi Visinia, Rieko Ioane, Rene Ranger, Piers Fran­cis, Te­vita Li, Ihaia West, Bryn Hall, Steven Lu­atua, Blake Gib­son, Joe Ed­wards, Josh Bekhuis, Patrick Tuip­u­lotu, Char­lie Fau­muina, James Par­son (capt), Nic May­hew. Re­serves: Quentin MacDon­ald, Sam Prat­t­ley, Ofa Tu’un­gafasi, Hoani Matenga,

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