Hurricanes rest Conrad Smith against Blues

The Hurricanes have named their team to play the Blues at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday and have rested Conrad Smith.

Conrad Smith’s absence has opened the door for Rey Lee-Lo to come into the starting line up alongside Ma’a Nonu.

Saturday’s match will be Ma’a Nonu’s 122nd appearance for the Hurricanes, equalling Tana Umaga’s record as the most capped Hurricane of all time.

Chris Eves and Jeffery Toomaga-Allen will take on the propping duties for the ‘Canes on Saturday evening in place of Reggie Goodes and Ben Franks (Achilles), with Ben May and debutant Tolu Fahamokioa coming into the reserves.

Willis Halaholo comes onto the bench in what is his first appearance for the Hurricanes this season.

The Blues and Hurricanes previously met in March at Palmerston North this season, with the Hurricanes prevailing 30-23 courtesy of a late Julian Savea try.

Hurricanes

1.Chris Eves , 2.Dane Coles , 3.Jeffery Toomaga-Allen , 4.Jeremy Thrush (c) , 5.James Broadhurst , 6.Blade Thomson , 7.Ardie Savea , 8.Victor Vito , 9.TJ Perenara , 10. James Marshall , 11.Julian Savea , 12.Ma’a Nonu , 13.Rey Lee-Lo , 14.Cory Jane , 15.Nehe Milner-Skudder

Replacements : 16. Motu Matu’u, 17. Ben May, 18. Tolu Fahamokioa, 19. Mark Abbott/Callum Gibbins, 20. Brad Shields, 21. Chris Smylie, 22. Otere Black, 23. Willis Halaholo

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