Hurricanes bring their heavies back for Stormers

The Hurricanes have named their team to play the Stormers this weekend with All Black No.8 Victor Vito returning to the starting line up as one of several changes.

Along with Vito Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has also brought back Jason Eaton, Karl Lowe and TJ Perenara to the starting 15.

Beauden Barrett moves back into first five-eighth with Andre Taylor comes in at fullback. Matt Proctor gets his first start on the wing.

Mark Hammett said the following on Julian Savea,”Julian has made himself unavailable for the Stormers game this week before he re-joins the team next week. Julian has approached us on this decision and we agree.”

The match will be played in Palmerston North on Friday and already 5,000 tickets have been pre-sold which is is well ahead of where the match was two years ago in pre-sale figures.


1. Ben Franks ,2. Motu Matu’u,3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. Jason Eaton,6. Brad Shields,7. Karl Lowe,8. Victor Vito,9. TJ Perenara,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Matt Proctor,12. Tim Bateman,13. Conrad Smith (c) ,14. Alapati Leiua ,15. Andre Taylor

Replacements : 16. Ash Dixon,17. Ben May,18. Mark Reddish,19. Faifili Levave,20. Ardie Savea,21. Chris Smylie,22. Tusi Pisi

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