Hurricanes welcome Brumbies to the CET Stadium, Palmerston North for a round three super rugby clash on Friday 1.
Hurricanes head into the clash having lost 38-22 to Crusaders, but with a reinforced squad with a number of All blacks players making a return. Valea Fifita and Beauden Barrett come into the squad while Ngani Laumape and TJ Perenara who came off the bench will be making a start in tomorrow’s game.
Brumbies who had a perfect game by any standards last weekend, blowing away Chiefs 54-17 in spectacular fashion will be looking to down a second New Zealand franchise. Lealiifano who was brilliant against chiefs, creating gaps and breaks will be looking to replicate the perfomance when they head to New Zealand.
15: Chase Tiatia 14: Vince Aso 13: Matt Proctor 12: Ngani Laumape 11: Ben Lam 10: Beauden Barrett 9: TJ Perenara 8: Ardie Savea 7: Du’Plessis Kirifi 6: Vaea Fifita 5: Liam Mitchell 4: James Blackwell 3: Ben May 2: Dane Coles (c) 1: Chris Eves.
Reserves: Ricky Riccitelli, Xavier Numia, Jeff To’omaga-Allen, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Reed Prinsep, Richard Judd, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Wes Goosen
Brumbies: 15: Thomas Banks 14: Andy Muirhead 13: Tevita Kuridrani 12: Irae Simone 11: Chance Peni 10: Christian Lealiifano 9: Joe Powell 8: Lachlan McCaffrey 7: David Pocock 6: Peter Samu 5: Blake Enever 4: Rory Arnold 3: Allan Alaalatoa 2: Folau Fainga’a 1: Scott Sio
Reserves: Josh Mann-Rea, James Slipper, Les Makin, Darcy Swain, Thomas Cusack, Matt Lucas, Wharenui Hawera, Tom Wright