The Chiefs and Blues both have a new look for their matches against South African opposition.
The in-form New Zealand teams have only played against New Zealand opposition and Blues coach John Kirwarn has made four changes to his pack for the visit of the Bulls to Eden Park on Sunday. There are six changes to the starting XV that hammered the Crusaders 34-15.
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie, who has cut off all Chiefs contact with the Cape supportes and media by not having one press conference or open training session, has made five changes to his starting XV that whipped the Cheetahs 45-3.
Blues: Charles Piutau, Frank Halai, Rene Ranger, Peter Saili, Waisake Naholo, Baden Kerr, Piri Weepu, Steve Luatua, Luke Braid, Kane Barrett, Liaki Moli, Ali Williams (c), Charlie Faumuina, Quentin MacDonald, Tim Perry. Subs: James Parsons, Angus Ta’avao, Ronald Raaymakers, Brendon O’Connor, Jamison Gibson-Park, Marty McKenzie, Albert Nikoro.
Chiefs: Gareth Anscombe, Lelia Masaga, Tim Nanai-Williams, Charlie Ngatai , Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Aaron Cruden, Tawera Kerr Barlow, Liam Messam, Sam Cane, Tanerau Latimer, Brodie Retallick, Craig Clarke (c), Ben Afeaki, Mahonri Schwalger, Pauliasi Manu. Reserves: Hika Elliot, Ben Tameifuna, Michael Fitzgerald, Nick Crosswell, Augustine Pulu, Andrew Horrell, Patrick Osborne.