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Hurricanes squad named to tour South Africa

Sun 26th May

Hurricanes head coach John Plumtree has named a 27-man squad to tour South Africa for their Investec Super Rugby matches against the Sharks and Lions.

The squad features the return of club captain Dane Coles and experienced loose forward Gareth Evans who have been sidelined with calf injuries.

Coles last featured for the Hurricanes in their round five match against the Chiefs while Evans has not played since the round two match against the Crusaders.

The pair played club rugby in Wellington yesterday and satisfied Plumtree that they were ready to make the two-match tour.

"We have been patient with both players through their rehab and we think that is really going to benefit us at the back of of this season," he said.

The touring squad features a 16-forward, 11-back split and also sees the return of first five-eighth Beauden Barrett who missed the Hurricanes loss to the Jaguares due to the second of his All Black rest weeks.

The Hurricanes returned to work on Friday following the second of their byes and Plumtree was pleased with the attitude as they prepare to travel to the republic.

"We were obviously disappointed with the result against the Jaguares after what had been a good four week period for us," he said.

"The next two matches are vital for us in South Africa as we push for a home quarterfinal but we know the size of the challenge against two quality sides who are also fighting really hard for places at the top of their conference."

The Hurricanes squad to tour South Africa is:


Jeff To'omaga-Allen
Fraser Armstrong
Toby Smith
Chris Eves
Ross Geldenhuys
Dane Coles
Asafo Aumua
Ricky Riccitelli
James Blackwell
Kane Le'aupepe
Isaia Walker-Leawere
Ardie Savea
Gareth Evans
Vaea Fifita
Reed Prinsep
Du'Plessis Kirifi


TJ Perenara
Richard Judd
Beauden Barrett
James Marshall
Peter Umaga-Jensen
Ngani Laumape
Matt Proctor
Wes Goosen
Jordie Barrett
Ben Lam
Chase Tiatia


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