The Hurricanes have named a 32-man squad to take on the Blues in Auckland this Friday.
It’s the second and final pre-season game the Hurricanes will play, before heading to Cape Town to kick off the season against the Stormers.
Loose forward, Reed Prinsep, will captain the team and says it’s an honour.
“Hugely exciting – I’m just making sure I’m nailing my preparation, getting the detail right so I can go out there Friday and just play and enjoy it.”
Head coach, Jason Holland says the Blues showed early form in their win against the Chiefs last weekend and so it’s likely to be a physical game.
“We’ve taken our lessons from last week and are looking forward to taking our game to another level against the Blues.”
The starting XV also boasts the experience of Ngani Laumape at second-five and Gareth Evans at number eight.
Fletcher Smith will get a start at first-five, with Jackson Garden-Bachop on the bench.
Much like last Saturday’s match, the game will operate in two 40-minute halves with rolling substitutions. Among the reserves are Vince Aso, Kobus Van Wyk, Vaea Fifita and James O’Reilly.
Tickets are still available for the game at Onewa Domain with kick-off at 3pm.
The Hurricanes squad to face the Blues is:
15 Chase Tiatia
14 Wes Goosen
13 Billy Proctor
12 Ngani Laumape
11 Ben Lam
10 Fletcher Smith
9 Jonathan Taumateine
8 Gareth Evans
7 Du’Plessis Kirifi
6 Reed Prinsep [C]
5 James Blackwell
4 Scott Scrafton
3 Tyrel Lomax
2 Ricky Riccitelli
1 Fraser Armstrong
16 James O’Reilly
17 Asafo Aumua
18 Pouri Rakete-Stones
19 Alex Fidow
20 Sitiveni Paongo
21 Isaia Walker-Leawere
22 Liam Mitchell
23 Brayden Iose
24 Josh Southall
25 Devan Flanders
26 Vaea Fifita
27 Jamie Booth
28 Jackson Garden-Bachop
29 Vince Aso
30 Peter Umaga-Jensen
31 Danny Toala
32 Kobus Van Wyk
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