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Hurricanes name team for blockbuster Blues clash

Thu 16th Jul

Dane Coles will return from injury to start in this Saturday’s blockbuster match-up against the Blues at Sky Stadium.

The Hurricanes currently sit four points shy of the Auckland-based side and will be in search of redemption following a 30 – 20 loss at Eden Park in round one.

Other than Coles, only two other changes have been made to the XV which beat the Highlanders last Sunday.

Jackson Garden-Bachop gets back the number 10 jersey from Fletcher Smith and Peter Umaga-Jensen makes a return to the mid-field.

Head coach, Jason Holland says after a slow start to the competition, momentum is building.

“We can’t wait to get back out there in front of our home fans again. They have recovered well and are looking forward to the physical challenge “

Very little change has been made to the bench, but Fraser Armstrong comes back into the fold after sitting out for a week due to a knee injury.

Holland believes having depth is vital.

“It’s going to take 80 minutes to get the result and the bench can be the difference in these derbies.”

Whilst the Blues have won their last two matches against the Hurricanes, they have not won three in succession since 2003.

Kick-off at Sky Stadium is at 7:05pm and tickets are available via Ticketek.

The Hurricanes team to face the Blues at Sky Stadium is:

1              Ben May             

2              Dane Coles [cc]

3              Tyrel Lomax       

4              James Blackwell

5              Scott Scrafton   

6              Reed Prinsep    

7              Du’Plessis Kirifi 

8              Ardie Savea       

9              TJ Perenara [cc]

10           Jackson Garden-Bachop

11           Ben Lam              

12           Ngani Laumape

13           Peter Umaga-Jensen

14           Kobus Van Wyk

15           Jordie Barrett    

RESERVES

16.          Asafo Aumua    

17.          Fraser Armstrong            

18.          Alex Fidow         

19.          Isaia Walker-Leawere   

20.          Vaea Fifita          

21.          Jamie Booth      

22.          Billy Proctor       

23.          Wes Goosen     

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