Milner-Skudder starts for Hurricanes against Blues

The Hurricanes have named their team to play the Blues at the FMG Stadium in Palmerston North on Friday with Manawatu fullback Nehe Milner-Skudder making his first start.

Milner-Skudder will make his first Hurricanes start in front of a home crowd after a strong performance before the bye against the Western Force in Perth.

The Manawatu fullback started the 2015 season with a knee injury but has fully recovered so he starts at fullback which pushes James Marshall onto the replacements bench.

Matt Proctor also gets a start in place of resting All Black, Cory Jane, while TJ Perenara comes back into the starting line-up. Jeremy Thrush returns from injury and will occupy a spot on the bench.

Friday’s game marks a solid 20-year Super Rugby rivalry between the Hurricanes and Blues, which began in 1996 when the two sides kicked off the competition in Palmerston North.

Hurricanes

1. Reggie Goodes , 2. Dane Coles , 3. Ben Franks , 4. Mark Abbott , 5. James Broadhurst , 6. Brad Shields , 7. Ardie Savea , 8. Victor Vito , 9. TJ Perenara , 10. Beauden Barrett , 11. Julian Savea , 12. Ma’a Nonu , 13. Conrad Smith (c) , 14. Matt Proctor , 15. Nehe Milner-Skudder

Replacements: 16. Motu Matu’u , 17. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen , 18. Chris Eves , 19. Jeremy Thrush , 20. Blade Thomson , 21. Chris Smylie , 22. Rey Lee-Lo , 23. James Marshall

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