Boric blow for Blues

Blues lock Anthony Boric will miss the match against the Stormers because of a neck injury.

Boric’s injury means Filo Paulo will start alongside Ali Williams in the second row. Brad Mika will provide lock cover from the bench.

Because of Rene Ranger’s two-week suspension for a dangerous tackle in last week’s match against the Bulls, Sherwin Stowers will come into the starting line-up.

Michael Hobbs is unavailable due to the death of his father Jock, while Isaia Toeava, Rudi Wulf and George Moala are all injured.

Blues – 15 Lachie Munro, 14 David Raikuna, 13 Benson Stanley, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Sherwin Stowers, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Chris Lowrey, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Luke Braid, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Filo Paulo, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Keven Mealamu (c), 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Subs: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Tevita Mailau, 18 Brad Mika, 19 Peter Saili, 20 Alby Mathewson, 21 Hadleigh Parkes, 22 Ben Lam.