The Blues will be without their captain Augustine Pulu for six weeks due to a foot injury.
Augustine Pulu of the Blues, 2 March 2018.
The Auckland Super Rugby franchise says today in a statement Pulu "will be side lined for a projected six weeks".
En-route to South Africa to face the Lions in Johannesburg on Sunday, the team has been delayed by 24 hours during to an engineering issue with the plane.
The Blues will be looking to bounce-back against the Lions from their 27-21 loss to the Chiefs at Eden Park.
"Welcome to our village wee one," the 37-year-old Prime Minister posted on social media last night after the couple's first baby was born at 4.45pm weighing 3.31kg.