• Hurricanes get All Blacks boost

    The return of a number of All Blacks has lifted the Hurricanes ahead of their Super Rugby warm-up match against the Crusaders in Levin on Friday.

    Beauden Barrett slots into the flyhalf position, in what will be his first game back, with newcomer Marty Banks named at fullback.

    Captain Conrad Smith, Jeremy Thrush and Cory Jane also return to the starting line-up, along with Alapati Leiua who is back from a hamstring injury.

    Hurricanes – 15 Marty Banks, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Alapati Leiua, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Adam Hill, 5 Mark Abbott, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
    Subs: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Ash Dixon, 18 John Schwalger, 19 Brendon Edmonds, 20 Chris Eves, 21 James Broadhurst, 22 Mark Reddish, 23 Blade Thomson, 24 Faifili Levave, 25 Ardie Savea, 26 Callum Gibbins, 27 Chris Smylie, 28 Billy Guyton, 29 James Marshall, 30 Hadleigh Parkes, 31 Cardiff Vaega, 32 Julian Savea, 33 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 34 Andre Taylor.

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