Hurricanes named to face Highlanders in Saturday’s Derby Clash
After holding out a fast-finishing Western Force 45-42 in Palmerston North on Sunday, the Hurricanes are preparing to head to Dunedin this Easter weekend to take on the Highlanders in Round 7 of the DHL Super Rugby Pacific competition.
Head Coach Jason Holland has named a new look run-on side for the Hurricanes, with 7 players backing up since Sunday’s clash.
In the forward pack, Xavier Numia returns to the run-on team, shifting Pouri Rakete-Stones to provide cover from the bench. Isaia Walker-Leawere returns from injury to link up with James Blackwell at lock.
With the return of captain Ardie Savea to number eight following a rest week, Brayden Iose shifts into blindside to replace an injured Devan Flanders.
Cameron Roigard starts at halfback this week, with Aidan Morgan making his return to play at number 10 after sustaining a concussion in round 4 against the Waratahs.
The 21-year-old will look to offset the absence of Brett Cameron, who limped off with a leg injury in Palmerston North on Sunday.
“Great to have Aidan back after a head knock in the Waratahs game. We expect that he will slot in easily to run our game,” said Holland.
On the bench, Harry Godfrey looks to add to what was an impressive outing on Sunday, and Peter Umaga-Jensen will have his first run of the season after shoulder reconstruction surgery.
“Pete has worked hard to get back playing and we’re really happy to see him back on the field this weekend against the Highlanders. He’s in good nick and will cover 12 and 13 off the bench this weekend,” said Holland.
Hurricanes named to take on the Highlanders:
1. Xavier Numia
2. Dane Coles
3. Tyrel Lomax
4. James Blackwell
5. Isaia Walker-Leawere
6. Brayden Iose
7. Du’Plessis Kirifi
8. Ardie Savea ©
9. Cameron Roigard
10. Aidan Morgan
11. Salesi Rayasi
12. Jordie Barrett
13. Billy Proctor
14. Julian Savea
15. Josh Moorby
16. Asafo Aumua
17. Pouri Rakete-Stones
18. Owen Franks
19. TK Howden
20. Peter Lakai
21. Jamie Booth
22. Harry Godfrey
23. Peter Umaga-Jensen
Unavailable for selection: Ruben Love, Caleb Delany, Tyler Laubscher, Reed Prinsep, Justin Sangster, TJ Perenara, Jacob Devery, Devan Flanders, Brett Cameron.
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