Blues lose Boric

RICHARD FERGUSON updates followers of the latest Super Rugby news from New Zealand.

Blues lose Boric

Two New Zealand players have decided to further their careers in Japan, following news that Blues lock Anthony Boric and Hurricanes prop Ben May are on their way.

Boric has just returned from a lengthy injury lay off, and while the rugby in Japan is less intense, one has to wonder how long that lower intensity will last with all the New Zealanders there. Boric has signed a two year deal with Mitsubishi DynaBoars.

Ben May has signed a similar deal with Sanix.

Highlanders continue to struggle

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has again looked to Japan to bolster his squad, bringing in 32 year old Mose Tuiali’i as back row cover. Tuiali’i has been drafted in as a direct replacement for the injured Nasi Manu, who will miss the entire season.

Tuiali’i is the fifth 30 and over player to join the Highlanders from the Japanese league, with the others failing to get the Lnaders out of their current run of eight losses.

On the injury front, Tony Woodcock looks set to miss the Highlanders’ match against the Blues this weekend, while there is a ray of sunshine in the form of Tamati Ellison, who looks to return to action sooner than originally anticipated.

Woodcock has tweaked his hamstring again, which might rule him out for this match only. Ellison had shoulder surgery in December and was only set to return in June, but Joseph is of the opinion that he could be back in a few weeks time.