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Hurricanes make one change for Crusaders clash

Brad Shields starts at blindside flank

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Article Published: Thursday 11 July 2013|

The Hurricanes have made one change to the starting team that lost to the Highlanders for this week's Super Rugby match against the Crusaders in Christchurch

Brad Shields will start at blindside flank and Alapati Leiua who injured his hip against the Highlanders on Saturday has been bracketed with Matt Proctor.

On the bench, the only other change sees a return to the 4/3 forwards/backs split and Andre Taylor has been bracketed with Matt Proctor, should Leiua be ruled out closer to the match.

Two Hurricanes could debut in this final round Super Rugby clash against the Crusaders as Ope Peleseuma and Blade Thomson have been named on the bench. Both Peleseuma and Thomson have been close to earning their first caps, but are yet to run on the field.

Peleseuma was included on the bench for the Chiefs game two weeks ago after Tusi Pisi was ruled out, but didn't take the field.

Thomson was bracketed for the same match as an injury back up, but Faifili Levave was cleared to play.

Players unavailable this week due to injury include Dane Coles (calf), Tim Bateman (knee), Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (knee), Motu Matu'u (arm), Tusi Pisi (hand) and Ardie Savea (ankle).


1. Ben Franks ,2. Ash Dixon,3. Ben May,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. James Broadhurst,6. Brad Shields,7. Karl Lowe,8. Victor Vito ,9. TJ Perenara,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Julian Savea, 12. Reynold Lee-Lo,13. Conrad Smith (c),14. Alapati Leiua / Matt Proctor,15. James Marshall

Replacements : 16. Reggie Goodes,17. John Schwalger,18. Blade Thomson,19. Faifili Levave,20. Chris Smylie,21. Ope Peleseuma,22. Matt Proctor / Andre Taylor

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