Nonu and Thrush to set new Hurricanes records

Hurricanes and All Blacks centre Ma’a Nonu will set a new record for a Hurricanes players when he takes to the field against the Crusaders in Nelson on Friday.

Nonu equalled Tana Umaga’s record as the most capped Hurricane last week so this week he will become the most capped Hurricanes player.

The match in Nelson this week at Trafalgar Park will be Nonu’s 123rd for the Hurricanes, while teammate Jeremy Thrush will also equal Andrew Hore’s record as the most capped forward, having played 106 matches.

In team news for this week the Hurricanes have brought back Reggie Goodes, James Broadhurst, Ben Franks, Conrad Smith and Matt Proctor for the Crusaders match.

Aside from Smith’s inclusion, coach Chris Boyd has kept his backline the same as last week, giving 20-year-old Otere Black his second start at first five-eighth.


1. Reggie Goodes, 2. Dane Coles, 3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 4. Jeremy Thrush, 5. James Broadhurst, 6. Brad Shields, 7. Ardie Savea, 8. Blade Thomson, 9.TJ Perenara, 10.Otere Black, 11.Julian Savea, 12.Ma’a Nonu, 13.Conrad Smith, 14.Nehe Milner-Skudder, 15.James Marshall

Replacements :16. Motu Matu’u,17. Ben May,18. Ben Franks,19. Mark Abbott,20. Victor Vito,21. Chris Smylie,22. Rey Lee-Lo,23. Matt Proctor

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