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Blues coach Sir John Kirwan has announced an unchanged line-up for Friday's clash against the Crusaders at Eden Park.
The team's impressive first-up performance against the Hurricanes led to Kirwan's decision to keep the same starting XV and bench.
Although Blues may have surprised pundits last week by defeating the Hurricanes, they will have to step up their game to beat the Red-and-Blacks on Friday.
"They're the favourites; they're talking about winning the Championship. I've been reading some articles and listening to the media and they're installed as favourites, as they should be," said Kirwan.
"They're a great football side and we've really got to be on our game."
There will be a one-off change to the Blues kit on the day, a decision made to wear a unique jersey to help fundraise for Men's Health Trust New Zealand.
Meanwhile, All Blacks full-back Israel Dagg has been named on the wing for the Crusaders.
Dagg will join the versatile Tom Taylor, who will step in as a full-back, and Adam Whitelock in the back three in the absence of Zac Guildford and Johnny McNicholl.
Kieran Read will captain the team with Richie McCaw on a six-month sabbatical, whilst Joe Moody and Dominic Bird are prepared to make their Super Rugby debuts off the bench.
Robbie Freuan will also be playing his 50th game for the Crusaders.
Blues: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Rene Ranger, 12 Francis Saili, 11 George Moala, 10 Chris Noakes, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Ali Williams (c), 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons, 1 Tom McCartney.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Angus Ta'avao, 18 Liaki Moli, 19 Brendon O'Connor, 20 Bryn Hall, 21 Baden Kerr, 22 Jackson Willison.
Crusaders: 15 Tom Taylor, 14 Adam Whitelock, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Israel Dagg, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Dominic Bird, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tyler Bleyendaal, 22 Tom Marshall.
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|08:35||Chiefs vs Crusaders|
|10:40||Melbourne Rebels vs Waratahs|
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|08:35||Blues vs Brumbies|
|10:40||Western Force vs Highlanders|
|14:00||Southern Kings vs Cheetahs|
|16:05||Stormers vs Reds|
|18:10||Sharks vs Bulls|
|Friday 31st May|
|08:35||Crusaders vs Waratahs|
|10:40||Brumbies vs Hurricanes|
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|08:35||Highlanders vs Blues|
|10:40||Reds vs Melbourne Rebels|
|16:05||Stormers vs Southern Kings|
|18:10||Cheetahs vs Bulls|
|Friday 7th June|
|10:40||Brumbies vs Melbourne Rebels|
|Sunday 9th June|
|07:05||Western Force vs Waratahs|
|Friday 28th June|
|08:35||Chiefs vs Hurricanes|
|Saturday 29th June|
|08:35||Highlanders vs Crusaders|
|14:00||Sharks vs Blues|
|16:05||Bulls vs Southern Kings|
|18:10||Stormers vs Cheetahs|
|Friday 5th July|
|08:35||Crusaders vs Chiefs|
|Saturday 6th July|
|08:35||Hurricanes vs Highlanders|
|14:00||Cheetahs vs Blues|
|16:05||Southern Kings vs Stormers|
|18:10||Bulls vs Sharks|
|Saturday 18th May|
|Cheetahs 27 - 13 Reds|
|Bulls 35 - 18 Highlanders|
|Waratahs 28 - 22 Brumbies|
|Crusaders 23 - 3 Blues|
|Friday 17th May|
|Western Force 13 - 23 Sharks|
|Melbourne Rebels 30 - 21 Stormers|
|Hurricanes 12 - 17 Chiefs|
|Saturday 11th May|
|Southern Kings 34 - 27 Highlanders|
|Waratahs 21 - 15 Stormers|
|Blues 36 - 32 Melbourne Rebels|
|Friday 10th May|
|Cheetahs 34 - 39 Hurricanes|
|Reds 32 - 17 Sharks|
|Chiefs 22 - 21 Western Force|
|Sunday 5th May|
|Brumbies 23 - 30 Crusaders|
|Saturday 4th May|
|Bulls 48 - 14 Hurricanes|
|Southern Kings 10 - 72 Waratahs|
|Western Force 11 - 11 Reds|
|Highlanders 25 - 22 Sharks|
|Friday 3rd May|
|Melbourne Rebels 33 - 39 Chiefs|
|Blues 18 - 17 Stormers|
|Sunday 28th April|
|Crusaders 30 - 26 Melbourne Rebels|
|Saturday 27th April|
|Cheetahs 26 - 12 Southern Kings|
|Bulls 30 - 19 Waratahs|
|Brumbies 41 - 7 Western Force|
|Chiefs 37 - 29 Sharks|
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