TJ Perenara in action for Hurricanes. Photo Courtesy/Hurricanes.

Hurricanes hand Dan Coles start against Chiefs


Hurricanes head coach Jason Holland has a announced a 23-man squad to face the Chiefs in Super rugby clash set for Hamilton on Friday.

Hooker Dan Coles starts for the first time this year as the team seeks to bounce back to winning ways after a 24-15 loss to Blues,Coles return means Asafo Aumua will start the game on the bench.

Tight head prop Ben May comes in for Tyrel Lomax who is suspended for three weeks. Fraser Armstrong has replaced Xavier Numia who is still recovering from the head knock sustained in the game against Blues.

Devan Flanders starts at position six as Vaea Fifita start from the bench, James Blackwell and Isaia Walker-Leawere will complete the second-row pair as Scott Scrafton starts on the bench.

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The backline remains unchanged for game week six as Fletcher Smith, Ben lam, Ngani Laumape, Vince Aso, Kobus Van Wyk and Jordie Barrett all start again together against the Chiefs.

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett 14 Kobus Van Wyk 13 Vince Aso 12 Ngani Laumape 11 Ben Lam 10 Fletcher Smith 9 TJ Perenara [CC] 8 Gareth Evans 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi 6 Devan Flanders 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere 4 James Blackwell 3 Ben May 2 Dane Coles [CC] 1 Fraser Armstrong

Reserves: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Scott Scrafton, 20 Vaea Fifita, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Billy Proctor, 23 Wes Goosen

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