Hurricanes have named the squad that will be meeting Crusaders this Saturday for their pre-season match before the 2020 Super rugby season.
Hurricanes head coach Jason Holland says he will be keen on seeing the progress his side has made in the offseason.
” I have seen these guys giving it everything at training in preparation for this season. I know how much they want to make an impact this year.” Holland said.
A number of debutants have also gotten slots in the starting line up including ex-highlander Tyrel Lomax and South African wing Kobus Van Wyk. Lomax shared his excitement saying he is proud to be part of the squad.
“It will be different for sure but am proud to be part of the squad and I am looking forward to our first hit out.”
Hooker Ricky Riccitelli will skipper the team which has a cocktail of young and experienced players. The game is set for Ashburton Showgrounds.
The Hurricanes: 15.Chase Tiatia 14.Kobus Van Wyk 13.Vince Aso 12.PeterUmaga- Jensem 11.Jonah Lowe 10.Jackson Garden Bachop 9.Jamie Booth 8.Brayden Iose 7.Du’Plessis Kirifi 6.Vaea Fifita 5.James Blackwell 4.Liam Mitchell 3.Tyrel Lomax 2.Ricky Riccitelli [C] 1.Fraser Armstrong
Reserves: 16.James O’Reilly 17.Kianu Kereru- Symes 18.Pouri Rakete-Stones 19.Xavier Numia 20.Joel Hintz 21.Scott Scrafton 22.Taine Plumtree 23.Hamilton Burr 24.Josh Southall 25.Devan Flanders 26.Caleb Delany 27.Jonathan Taumateine 28.Logan Crowley 29.Fletcher Smith 30.Ben Lam 31.Ngani Laumape 32.Billy Proctor 33.Wes Goosen 34.Trent Renata