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Coles to become most capped Hurricane’s forward

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Hurricanes Super rugby hooker Dane Coles is set to become the team’s most-capped forward when the Hurricanes face the Highlanders under the roof in Dunedin this weekend.

The Wellington stalwart will hit 119 caps on Saturday, passing Jeffrey Toomaga-Allen’s record of 118.


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The Hurricanes are on the hunt for their sixth straight win after beating the Chiefs 31 – 18 at Sky Stadium a week ago.

And whilst the Crusaders may have won the title, there’s still plenty up to grabs in this final round, with the Hurricanes able to secure second place overall if they and the Crusaders were to come out on top in their respective games.

As far as the starting XV goes, there is very little change to Saturday’s forward pack.

Ben May will play his 98th and final game for the side before ending his Super Rugby career, whilst Ardie Savea will just miss out on becoming a centurion in playing his 99th game for the Hurricanes.

In the backs, Jamie Booth and Billy Proctor will get their first starts of Super Rugby Aotearoa, TJ Perenara is unavailable as his wife is due to give birth to their first child. Ricky Riccitelli will fill the spot of back-up hooker, getting a place on the bench ahead of Asafo Aumua who has been sick all week.

Jonathan Taumateine and Salesi Rayasi could potentially get some minutes on the paddock too, after being named on the bench for the first time this year. A win will mean the Hurricanes round out the year by bringing up 200 Super Rugby wins.

Hurricanes

1 Ben May 2 Dane Coles [C] 3 Tyrel Lomax 4 James Blackwell 5 Scott Scrafton 6 Reed Prinsep 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi 8 Ardie Savea 9 Jamie Booth 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop 11 Wes Goosen 12 Peter Umaga-Jensen 13 Billy Proctor 14 Vince Aso 15 Jordie Barrett

Replacements: 16. Ricky Riccitelli 17. Tevita Mafileo 18. Pouri Rakete-Stones 19. Liam Mitchell 20. Devan Flanders 21. Jonathan Taumateine 22. Salesi Rayasi 23. Chase Tiatia

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