Hand injury will keep Ioane out
Wellington – All Blacks and Blues winger Rieko Ioane will be sidelined for several weeks after fracturing a bone in his hand in the Super Rugby season-opener against the Chiefs last weekend.
Hooker Ray Niuia has been ruled out for the season after suffering a serious knee injury. The Blues took a 19-5 lead on the back of two Ioane tries only to lose 37-29.
Prop Alex Hodgman (calf), is another front-rower who will miss Saturday’s second-round match against the Waratahs.