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Hurricanes squad named for pre-season Blues clash

Wed 22nd Jan

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

Reserves

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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