Nonu to join 150 Super Rugby cap club with Canes

Hurricanes and All Blacks midfielder Ma’a Nonu will join an elite club of just four players when he starts against the Stormers in Wellington on Friday.

Nonu has been named in the Hurricanes starting line up for this weekend and he will be playing in his 150th Super Rugby match of which 114 have been for the Hurricanes.

During his time with the ‘Canes from 2003-2011, and again this year, he has accumulated 215 points for the team, made up of 43 tries.

The 32-year-old joins Keven Mealamu, Corey Flynn, and Nathan Sharpe in the 150 club.

This week’s Hurricanes side includes the return of Beauden Barrett, Julian Savea and Ben Franks, while Nehe Milner-Skudder also comes back into the starting line-up at fullback.

Loose forward Blade Thomson continues to recover from a head knock, while Dane Coles was also unavailable for selection due to the elbow injury he suffered against the Blues.

Hurricanes

1. Reggie Goodes,2. Motu Matu’u,3. Ben Franks,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. James Broadhurst,6. Brad Shields,7. Callum Gibbins,8. Victor Vito,9. TJ Perenara,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Julian Savea,12. Ma’a Nonu,13. Conrad Smith,14. Cory Jane,15. Nehe Milner-Skudder

Replacements : 16. Brayden Mitchell,17. Ben May,18. Chris Eves,19. Mark Abbott,20. Adam Hill,21. Chris Smylie,22. Rey Lee-Lo,23. James Marshall

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