Jordie Barrett will start at outside centre for the Hurricanes against the Chiefs in Friday’s Super Rugby quarter-final in Wellington.
That allows for the return of Julian Savea, who will start on the right wing, with Ben Lam on the left and Nehe Milner-Skudder moving to fullback.
Wes Goosen, who has been recovering from the head knock he suffered against the Chiefs last week, has been bracketed on the bench with Jonah Lowe, while the squad has been further strengthened by All Black Vaea Fifita’s return from injury.
Captain Brad Shields has been bracketed to allow him as much time as possible to get over a rib injury, with Gareth Evans set to start in the No 7 jersey in place of Sam Henwood.
Prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen will become the fourth Hurricanes player this season to earn his 100th Super Rugby cap after Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara and Shields.
Hurricanes – 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Jordie Barrett, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Gareth Evans, 6 Brad Shields/Reed Prinsep, 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Michael Fatialofa, 3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Toby Smith.
Subs: 16 James O’Reilly, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Reed Prinsep/Sam Henwood, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Wes Goosen/Jonah Lowe.
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