Vito and Savea back for Lions

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All Blacks Julian Savea and Victor Vito have been released to play this Tuesday while they are on a bye week in the Investec Rugby Championship.

After a first round win over Manawatu, the Ricoh Wellington Lions will face another challenge from provincial neighbours as they host last year’s Championship winners, Hawke’s Bay. The match is set to kick off at 7.35pm at Westpac Stadium tomorrow night.

The only changes from the starting fifteen that won against Manawatu on Friday night, in additional to the inclusion of the All Blacks, are Arden David-Perrot who comes into the front row and Lua Lokotui who will make his first start for the Lions at blindside flanker.

Solomona Sakalia could also be the next debutant of the season for the Ricoh Wellington Lions if he takes the field as he has been included on the bench in the number 17 jersey.

The Ricoh Wellington Lions team is as follows:

1. Arden David-Perrot Marist St Pats
2. Dane Coles Poneke
3. Jeff Toomaga-Allen Marist St Pats
4. Jeremy Thrush (c) Hutt Old Boys Marist
5. Ross Filipo Petone
6. Lua Lokotui Marist St Pats
7. Scott Fuglistaller Wests Roosters
8. Victor Vito Marist St Pats
9. Frae Wilson Wainuiomata
10. Tim Bateman Old Boys University
11. Julian Savea Oriental-Rongotai
12. Shaun Treeby Tawa
13. Charlie Ngatai Poneke
14. Alapati Leiua Norths
15. Jason Woodward Upper Hutt


16. Motu Matu’u / Liu Taituave Oriental-Rongotai / Marist St Pats
17. Solomona Sakalia Marist St Pats
18. Whetu Henry Oriental-Rongotai
19. Mark Reddish Oriental-Rongotai
20. Kayne Hammington Upper Hutt
21. Genesis Mamea Wainuiomata
22. Matt Proctor Oriental-Rongotai