The Blues will have some significant impact coming off their bench in tonight’s Super Rugby Pacific final against the Crusaders, with All Blacks flanker Dalton Papalii declared fit to play.
Papalii was pencilled in with a spot on the bench earlier this week when coach Leon MacDonald named his team for the match as he was still recovering from appendix surgery which had kept him out of the Blues' playoff run this year.
The Blues confirmed late this afternoon that Papalii is good to go, meaning lock James Tucker who had been named alongside him in the No.20 jersey will drop out of the matchday 23.
With Papalii on the bench, Adrian Choat will again start for the Blues at openside flanker while star first-five Beauden Barrett will remain captain.
The Blues take on the Crusaders at 7.05 tonight.
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