South African-born wing Kobus van Wyk has been selected in the Hurricanes’ starting lineup for Sunday’s clash against the Chiefs in Hamilton.
Van Wyk played off the bench in the Hurricanes’ previous game, which was against the Crusaders a fortnight ago. But he has been promoted to the run-on side at the expense of his compatriot Wes Goosen, who shifts to the bench.
There are three more changes to the side, where Jordie Barrett comes in at fullback for his maiden Super Rugby Aotearoa appearance having missed the opening weeks through injury.
Peter Umaga-Jensen has earned selected as the starting outside centre in place of Vince Aso and Scott Scrafton gets the No 5 with Vaea Fifita dropping to the bench.
Hurricanes – 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 TJ Perenara (cc), 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Dane Coles (cc), 1 Fraser Armstrong.
Subs: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Ben May, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Devan Flanders/Liam Mitchell, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Billy Proctor, 23 Wes Goosen.
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