The Blues have called in former Maori All Blacks lock Hayden Triggs for the Super Rugby championship to replace the injured Culum Retallick.
Retallick was ruled out for at least six months after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in December and underwent surgery last month.
Triggs, 31, has played Super Rugby for the Hurricanes, Highlanders and Chiefs, and will join the Blues once he finishes the rugby season in Japan, where he plays for the Honda Heat.
"I'm really excited about returning home to join the Blues," Triggs said.
"I had a great time in Japan, but I'm looking forward to the challenge of getting back into Super Rugby and giving it another real crack."
Blues coach Sir John Kirwan said: "It was important we got the right player to fill the void losing the experience of Culum, and we think Hayden really fits that bill.
"He's been away in Japan, but he's also played a lot of Super Rugby, and he'll bring plenty of experience to the side that we need at the moment.
"If we were going to go young, we've got a couple of guys in our region that we would have taken, but we need someone who's played a fair amount of games who's not going to be intimidated if he has to come in and play the first game, and that's what we looked for in Hayden.
"He's tough, uncompromising, works hard, knows his roles and is looking to come home, which is a trend we're starting to see a bit more."
- © Fairfax NZ News
Should there be golden point extra time in Super Rugby?Related story: (See story)