first_img“Michael Hobbs impressed in the last game and throughout the pre-season. He’s in great nick so he will start at 10,” Lam said. “There was really good competition for the number 10 jersey and Piri showed his class but we feel at this stage as he is just returning to rugby, it is best to bring him off the bench.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Michael Hobbs (left) beats Piri Weepu to the #10 shirtBlues coach Pat Lam has named a starting line-up of players who earned their jerseys through solid pre-season performances and are in optimum shape to play the Crusaders in the opening round of the Investec Super Rugby season.Captained by Keven Mealamu, the Blues welcome back winger Rudi Wulf after a stint in Toulon and he is joined by North Harbour speedster David Raikuna who will make his debut this Friday night on the right wing.“In the highly competitive outside backs, David Raikuna has put his hand up. He had a very good game against the Highlanders so he’s earned his spot on the right wing. With Sherwin Stowers getting injured in the Rebels game it has given David the chance to start and take the opportunity in a big game,” says LamMichael Hobbs, also returning to the Blues has secured the No.10 starting position and it is his form to-date that has impressed the coaches. AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – FEBRUARY 17: Michael Hobbs of the Blues talks with Hosea Gear of the Highlanders following the Super Rugby trial match between the Blues and the Highlanders at Unitec on February 17, 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images) Starting XV:1.         Tom McCartney2.         Keven Mealamu ©3          Charlie Faumuina4.         Anthony Boric5.         Ali Williams6.         Chris Lowrey7.         Daniel Braid8.         Jerome Kaino9.         Alby Mathewson10.       Michael Hobbs11.       Rudi Wulf12.       Benson Stanley13.       Rene Ranger14.       David Raikuna15.       Isaia ToeavaReplacements:16        Pauliasi Manu17        Tevita Mailau18        Brad Mika19        Luke Braid20        Piri Weepu21        Hadleigh Parkes22        Sherwin Stowerslast_img