Canes welcome back Ardie

Ardie Savea has returned to the Hurricanes' starting lineup for their match against the Waratahs in Wellington on Saturday.

The opensider flanker has recovered from a finger injury that sidelined him for a month.

Injury has ruled out Victor Vito and Chris Smylie (both calves), while Blade Thomson (concussion) and Dane Coles (elbow) also remain unavailable.

Jeremy Thrush will earn his 100th Vodacom Super Rugby cap on Saturday, having made his debut against the Waratahs seven years and 61 days ago.

Hurricanes – 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (c), 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Brad Shields, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Callum Gibbins, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 Reggie Goodes.
Subs: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18 Chris Eves, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Adam Hill, 21 Frae Wilson, 22 Rey Lee-Lo, 23 James Marshall.

Super Rugby teams (Round 10)

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