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Hurricanes boosted by Vito's return for Chiefs clash

Victor Vito returns from a knee injury to start against the Chiefs

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Article Published: Tuesday 10 July 2012|

The Hurricanes have been able to name Victor Vito in their starting line up to face Super Rugby leaders, the Chiefs in their final regular season game as they bid to make the top six.

Vito returns to the starting 15 for the Hurricanes after a knee injury suffered during the All Blacks first Test against Ireland on June 9, with Brad Shields dropping back to the bench.

Cory Jane has been bracketed with Alapati Leiua as cover on the wing. Friday would be Jane’s first game back since an ankle injury suffered against the Brumbies in round 13.

Chris Eaton has been bracketed with Frae Wilson at halfback. While Jamie Nutbrown, who was drafted in as cover on Monday, is a possibility for the bench if Eaton does not recover from his hamstring strain.

The clash with the Chiefs will bring up the milestone of 50 Super Rugby caps for three of the home side – Faifili Levave (Chiefs 12, Hurricanes 37), Tim Bateman (Crusaders 35, Hurricanes 14) and Ben May (Crusaders 2, Chiefs 33, Hurricanes 14).

Friday night's game will also have special significance for injured player, Seti Tafua.

The former Poneke player fractured his vertebrae playing rugby in Australia two weeks ago so the Hurricanes will hold a bucket collection at the gates to help fundraise money to support his recovery.

There will also be a chance for fans to donate an automatic $3 from their phone by texting SETI or a message of support to 4419. This service will be open until 5th August.


1. Reg Goodes ,2. Dane Coles ,3. Ben May ,4. Jeremy Thrush ,5. Jason Eaton ,6. Faifili Levave,7. Jack Lam ,8. Victor Vito ,9. Chris Eaton / Frae Wilson,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Julian Savea ,12. Tim Bateman ,13. Conrad Smith (c) ,14. Cory Jane / Alapati Leiua ,15. Andre Taylor

Reserves :16. Motu Matu’u ,17. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen ,18. James Broadhurst,19. Brad Shields ,20. Frae Wilson / Jamie Nutbrown,21. Tusi Pisi ,22. Jayden Hayward

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