• Vito, Jane to face Bulls

    The Hurricanes have been boosted by the return of Victor Vito and Cory Jane for Saturday's clash with the Bulls in Napier.

    The All Blacks duo start the game at No 8 and right wing respectively while Brad Shields makes his return to the squad via the bench.

    Tim Bateman is ruled out of the game so Alapati Leiua lines up in midfield alongside Conrad Smith, with Andre Taylor continuing at 15.

    Vito and Shields' comeback to the squad means Blade Thomson moves to the bench while Ardie Savea drops out altogether.

    Jeff Toomaga-Allen is a doubt and is therefore bracketed with John Schwalger, with Reggie Goodes backing up the latter on the bench.

    Hurricanes – 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Alapati Leiua, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen/John Schwalger, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
    Subs: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Chris Eves, 18 John Schwalger/Reggie Goodes, 19 Blade Thomson, 20 Brad Shields, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Hadleigh Parkes, 23 Marty Banks.

    Photo: Steve Haag/Gallo Images

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    Simon Borchardt