Hurricanes rotate stars for clash against Sharks

The Hurricanes have named Manawatu prop Chris Eves to make his first Super Rugby start this weekend when the Wellington side take on the Sharks at Westpac Stadium.

Twenty-seven-year-old Eves has won 21 caps for the Hurricanes, but this will be his first time running onto the park in the starting XV, with coach Chris Boyd giving Reggie Goodes a break from starting duties.

Eves is one of a number of changes to this week’s Hurricanes side which includes a returning Victor Vito, who has been out with a calf injury.

Boyd has also opted to rest wing Julian Savea and halfback TJ Perenara, with Matt Proctor and Chris Smylie coming into the line-up.

New Zealand under-20 vice captain, Otere Black, has returned from the Oceania Rugby Junior Championship to take a spot on the bench.

Hooker Dane Coles was unavailable for selection this week after suffering a calf strain in the team’s match against the Crusaders last week.

Hurricanes

1.Chris Eves , 2.Motu Matu’u , 3.Ben Franks , 4.Jeremy Thrush , 5.James Broadhurst , 6.Blade Thomson , 7.Ardie Savea , 8.Victor Vito , 9.Chris Smylie , 10.James Marshall , 11.Matt Proctor , 12.Ma’a Nonu , 13.Conrad Smith (c) , 14.Cory Jane , 15.Nehe Milner-Skudder

Replacements :16. Brayden Mitchell,17. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,18. Reggie Goodes,19. Callum Gibbins,20. Brad Shields,21. Frae Wilson,22. Otere Black,23. Rey Lee-Lo

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