Canes unleash Halaholo on Kings

Willis Halaholo will start at outside centre as one of three changes to the Hurricanes team for their match against the Kings in Wellington on Friday.

Halaholo comes into midfield in place of Vince Aso, who drops to the bench, while Jason Woodward gets the nod at left wing in the absence of Julian Savea, who is rested for this game.

Elsewhere, Blade Thomson shifts from lock to No 8 in place of Victor Vito, who is nursing a calf strain and Michael Fatialofa comes in to plug the gap in the second row.

Utility back Matt Proctor and scrumhalf Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi return from injury via the bench and are joined in the reserves by lock Geoff Cridge and prop Loni Uhila.

Hurricanes – 15 James Marshall, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Willis Halaholo, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Jason Woodward, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Mark Abbott, 4 Michael Fatialofa, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (c), 1 Chris Eves.
Subs: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Loni Uhila, 18 Ben May, 19 Geoff Cridge, 20 Callum Gibbins,  21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Vince Aso, 23 Matt Proctor.

Photo: Hurricanes Rugby/Lintott Photography

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Mariette Adams