Central role for Ranger
Exciting back Rene Ranger is this year set for an extended period of time in the outside centre position, according to Blues head coach John Kirwan.
Ranger has long been an attacking talent who has fallen just short of regular international rugby but Kirwan is keen for him to take a leading role.
"He's leading the backline and doing a great job," he told sportal.co.nz about how the threatening runner has been playing during 2013 pre-season.
"He should be a key focal point in our backline that's not to say down the line he might have to cover other positions, but for me he has to cement our backline."
Kirwan was happy with his Blues pre-season camp thus far but admitted that injury returnee Anthony Boric was one player he was keeping a close eye on ahead of his return to action.
"I think he's a fantastic Blues man. He has come through a pretty big injury so there's no pressure on him back to play," he continued.
"He's right on target, he's looking fantastic but I just want to make sure that when he comes back he's coming back to stay and that he achieves all the goals that he still wants to achieve in the game."