Smith and Nonu to hit Canes record against Chiefs

The Hurricanes have named their Super Rugby team to play the Chiefs in Wellington at Westpac Stadium and Conrad Smith and Ma’a Nonu will play their 50th match as a midfield pair.

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd is sticking with a similar line-up to face the Chiefs this weekend, however, Julian Savea and TJ Perenara return to the team, with Dane Coles coming back onto the bench.

The Hurricanes and All Black pair of Nonu and Smith first combined in Super Rugby against the Force in New Plymouth on February 18, 2006.

They were the 22nd midfield combination to take the field for the Hurricanes, and there have been a further 21 different combinations since. The next highest pairing for the Hurricanes was Alama Ieremia and Jason O’Halloran, who had 28 starts together.

The match will also be a special occasion for replacement prop Jeffery Toomaga-Allen as he will run on for his 50th Hurricanes match, should he take the field on Saturday evening.

Toomaga-Allen made his debut for the Hurricanes against the Stormers in Cape Town in 2012, and has played in eight of the team’s matches so far this season after returning from a knee injury suffered in 2014.

Hurricanes

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

Replacements : 16. Dane Coles, 17. Chris Eves, 18. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 19. Mark Abbott/Callum Gibbins, 20. Blade Thomson, 21. Chris Smylie, 22. Otere Black, 23. Rey Lee-Lo

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