Brothers Beauden and Jordie Barrett will play together for the first time when the Hurricanes play in a Super Rugby warm up against the Crusaders at the Border Rugby Club in Waverley on Friday.
The two Taranaki-born siblings will be in familiar territory in the tiny South Taranaki town with Beauden at first five and Jordie at fullback during the first half of the Investec Super Rugby preseason match.
Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd has selected four of his five 2016 All Blacks with Ardie Savea to start at openside and TJ Perenara and Julian Savea to take their places at halfback and on the left wing respectively in the second half.
“It’s been great to have our All Blacks in camp with us for the past few weeks and I know they are all looking forward to getting back on the field and gearing up for the start of Super Rugby,” Boyd said.
“This is our last chance to have a look at our combinations before the season kicks off against the Sunwolves in Tokyo next Saturday, so it’s an important exercise.”
One All Black not suiting up this week is Hurricanes captain Dane Coles who will sit the match as he continues his individual return to play protocol.
The Farmlands Grassroots Game Day promises to be a huge occasion for the Waverley and Whanganui communities with no less than 14 All Blacks from the 2016 end of year tour squad set to take the field across the Hurricanes and Crusaders squads.
The Hurricanes starting side will also provide an opportunity for Hurricanes fans to see new recruit Ben Lam in action with the former New Zealand Sevens star starting on the right wing.
World Rugby’s 2016 Player of the Year Beauden Barrett will team up with halfback Chris Smylie, who has re-joined the Hurricanes as injury cover, while TJ Perenara and Maori All Black Otere Black will form the second half halves pairing.
Jordie Barrett will make way for Nehe Milner-Skudder at the break, while Lam will sub off for Cory Jane and Ardie Savea for Callum Gibbins.
The match, which kicks off at 5pm, has sold out with 4500 fans from the Whanganui and South Taranaki regions showing their support.
The Hurricanes will be holding an open training run at Cooks Gardens in Whanganui on Thursday, February 16.
The Hurricanes first half/second half line ups to play the Crusaders at Waverley are:
15 Jordie Barrett/Nehe Milner-Skudder,14 Ben Lam/Cory Jane,13 Vince Aso/Matt Proctor,12 Pita Ahki/Ngani Laumape,11 Wes Goosen/Julian Savea,10 Beauden Barrett/Otere Black,9 Chris Symlie/TJ Perenara,8 Toa Halafihi/Blade Thomson,7 Ardie Savea/Callum Gibbins,6 Brad Shields/Reed Prinsep,5 Mark Abbott/Michael Fatialofa,4 Isaia Walker-Leawere/James Blackwell,3 Mike Kainga/Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,2 James O’Reilly/Ricky Riccitelli,1 Loni Uhila/Chris Eves
Reserves for both halves: Ben May, Hugh Renton, Jonah Lowe.
Not considered: Dane Coles, Leni Apisai, Reggie Goodes, Sam Lousi, Vaea Fifita, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Kylem O’Donnell, Peter Umaga-Jensen.