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Dane Coles set to become most capped Hurricanes forward at Highlanders clash

Thu 13th Aug

Dane Coles is set to become the Hurricanes most capped forward when the Hurricanes face the Highlanders under the roof in Dunedin this weekend.

The Wellington stalwart will hit 119 caps on Saturday, passing Jeffrey Toomaga-Allen’s record of 118.

The Hurricanes are on the hunt for their sixth straight win after beating the Chiefs 31 – 18 at Sky Stadium a week ago.

And whilst the Crusaders may have won the title, there’s still plenty up to grabs in this final round, with the Hurricanes able to secure second place overall if they and the Crusaders were to come out on top in their respective games.

As far as the starting XV goes, there is very little change to Saturday’s forward pack.

Ben May will play his 98th and final game for the side before ending his Super Rugby career, whilst Ardie Savea will just miss out on becoming a centurion in playing his 99th game for the Hurricanes.

In the backs, Jamie Booth and Billy Proctor will get their first starts of Super Rugby Aotearoa, TJ Perenara is unavailable as his wife is due to give birth to their first child.

Ricky Riccitelli will fill the spot of back-up hooker, getting a place on the bench ahead of Asafo Aumua who has been sick all week.

Jonathan Taumateine and Salesi Rayasi could potentially get some minutes on the paddock too, after being named on the bench for the first time this year.

A win will mean the Hurricanes round out the year by bringing up 200 Super Rugby wins.

The Hurricanes team to face the Highlanders this weekend is:

1              Ben May

2              Dane Coles [C]

3              Tyrel Lomax

4              James Blackwell

5              Scott Scrafton

6              Reed Prinsep

7              Du’Plessis Kirifi

8              Ardie Savea

9              Jamie Booth

10           Jackson Garden-Bachop

11           Wes Goosen

12           Peter Umaga-Jensen

13           Billy Proctor

14           Vince Aso

15           Jordie Barrett

RESERVES:

16.          Ricky Riccitelli

17.          Tevita Mafileo

18.          Pouri Rakete-Stones

19.          Liam Mitchell

20.          Devan Flanders

21.          Jonathan Taumateine

22.          Salesi Rayasi

23.          Chase Tiatia

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