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All Blacks return for round one

Thu 12th Feb

All fit and available All Blacks in the Hurricanes squad are set to suit up against the Lions in round one of the 2015 Investec Super Rugby competition.

A calf injury has, however, ended Jeremy Thrush's hopes of getting his season underway this week, with the lock returning to New Zealand today. He is expected to be available for selection in four to six weeks, depending on his recovery.

Thrush's injury has made way for Mark Abbott to grab a starting spot, while his Hawke's Bay teammate, Geoff Cridge, has flown over to join the team this evening.

Nehe Milner-Skudder was not considered for selection this week, due to a knee injury.

The match against the Lions kicks off in Johannesburg at 6.10am (NZDT).

The team to face the Lions at Ellis Park is;

1. Ben Franks

2. Dane Coles

3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen

4. Mark Abbott

5. James Broadhurst

6. Brad Shields

7. Ardie Savea

8. Blade Thomson

9. TJ Perenara

10. Beauden Barrett

11. Julian Savea

12. Rey Lee-Lo

13. Conrad Smith

14. Cory Jane

15. Jason Woodward

Reserves

16. Brayden Mitchell

17. Reggie Goodes

18. Chris Eves

19. Callum Gibbins

20. Victor Vito

21. Chris Smylie

22. James Marshall

23. Matt Proctor

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  • Jeremy Thrush sidelined for four weeks

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