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Coles starts for Hurricanes against Chiefs



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Hurricanes Super Rugby head coach Jason Holland has named All Black Dane Coles in his starting line up to play the Chiefs in Hamilton.

Holland has made five changes to the forwards but an unchanged backline for this much-anticipated New Zealand derby at FMG Stadium Waikato.

Coles comes into the starting line-up for the first time this year. It means that Fray’s game will also be the first time the co-captaincy between Coles and TJ Perenara will formally come into effect.

The Wellington-based Super Rugby squad is looking to bounce back, after a tough loss at home to the Blues last Saturday.

With Tyrel Lomax suspended for three weeks, Ben May comes into the fold as tighthead prop.

There are a few other changes upfront with Fraser Armstrong replacing Xavier Numia, who’s recovering from a head knock.

James Blackwell makes his way back into the starting XV while Devan Flanders is promoted to the number 6 jersey.

Coles’ return, however, will mean Asafo Aumua will start the game on the bench.

Holland, says there’s plenty of competition for the number 2 jersey.

“Colesy wants to put his hand up and grab that role. We’ve got three awesome boys fighting for a chance to start, so they’re all aware they need to take the chance when it’s given and play well.”

Backline stays the same as Holland offers redemption

There have been no changes made to the Hurricanes backline this week.

Fletcher Smith, Ben Lam, Ngani Laumape, Vince Aso, Kobus Van Wyk and Jordie Barrett all retain their starting positions for the ‘Canes.

Holland says the team’s been focussing on its accuracy ahead of what will be another fierce derby.

“We weren’t accurate enough to take opportunities and territory we were gaining in first 30-minutes against the Blues.

“We’re working hard at fixing that that this week, especially as this Chiefs side will be looking to capitalise on that.”

The Hurricanes haven’t played the Chiefs since their 47-19 win in Wellington last April.


15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Fletcher Smith, 9 TJ Perenara (co-captain), 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Devan Flanders, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Ben May, 2 Dane Coles (co-captain), 1 Fraser Armstrong.

Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Scott Scrafton, 20 Vaea Fifita, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Billy Proctor, 23 Wes Goosen.

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