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Hurricanes tinker with forwards for Rebels clash

Ardie Savea comes into the starting line up to face the Rebels

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Article Published: Wednesday 7 May 2014|

 Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has reshuffled his forward pack for this week's Super Rugby matche against the Rebels at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Friday.

One of the changes comes in the front row, where Reggie Goodes slots into loosehead prop for Ben Franks, who moves to tighthead in place of Jeffery Toomaga-Allen.

Ardie Savea also comes into the line-up, with Jack Lam moving to the bench.

The remainder of the team will be identical to that which faced the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday, provided lock Jeremy Thrush is cleared to play.

Thrush suffered a neck injury against the Waratahs, which will be monitored over the coming days.

Loose forward Brad Shields has joined the Hurricanes squad in Melbourne, and will come on to the bench if Thrush is deemed unfit, with Blade Thomson moving into the starting line-up.

Friday night’s match will be just the third encounter between the Hurricanes and the Rebels, since the latter joined the expanded Super Rugby competition.

Both have won a match each; the Rebels toppling the Hurricanes 42-25 in Melbourne in 2011, and the Hurricanes winning 66-24 at Westpac Stadium in 2012.


1. Reggie Goodes , 2. Dane Coles , 3. Ben Franks , 4. Jeremy Thrush/Blade Thomson , 5. James Broadhurst , 6. Faifili Levave , 7. Ardie Savea , 8. Victor Vito , 9. TJ Perenara , 10. Beauden Barrett , 11. Julian Savea , 12. Alapati Leiua , 13. Conrad Smith (C) , 14. Cory Jane , 15. Andre Taylor

Replacements : 16. Motu Matu’u , 17. Chris Eves , 18. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen , 19. Blade Thomson/Brad Shields , 20. Jack Lam , 21. Billy Guyton , 22. Tim Bateman , 23. Matt Proctor

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