Cooper makes one change to Hurricanes




Hurricanes coach Colin Cooper has made just one change to his starting 15 for the Super 14 rugby match against the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday.

All Blacks prop Neemia Tialata returns to the front row in place of Tim Fairbrother, who is demoted to the reserves bench. Cooper has made five changes to his bench, with Hawke’s Bay wing Zac Guildford named for the first time.

Guildford broke his hand at training before the first match against the Waratahs in February.

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Also back from injury is lock Bernie Upton, while Tane Tu’ipulotu replaces Tamati Ellison and Willie Ripia comes in.


Cory Jane, Hosea Gear, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Shannon Paku, Jimmy Gopperth, Piri Weepu, Rodney So’oialo (captain), Chris Masoe, Jerry Collins, Jason Eaton, Jeremy Thrush, Neemia Tialata, Andrew Hore, John Schwalger.

Reserves: Hikawera Elliot, Tim Fairbrother, Bernie Upton, Scott Waldrom, Willie Ripia, Tane Tu’ipulotu, Zac Guildford.

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