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Hurricanes make two changes for Crusaders

Vaea Fifita of the Hurricanes charges forward during the round 12 Super Rugby match

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 13: Vaea Fifita of the Hurricanes charges forward during the round 12 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Hurricanes at AMI Stadium on May 13, 2017 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Hurricanes Super rugby head coach Jason Holland has named a team with two changes to the starting line up to play the Crusaders at Sky Stadium on Sunday.

It’s the first live sporting event Wellington’s hosted since before the lockdown, and crowds are predicted to be in excess of 20,000.


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The Hurricanes will be looking to bounce back from a 30 – 20 loss to the Blues at Eden Park a week ago.

Head coach, Jason Holland says the team has been working hard.

“It’s Important we perform better in some key areas of the game and we have worked hard during the week to improve.”

The shake-up to the starting XV comes within the forward pack. Lock Vaea Fifita gets the nod ahead of Scott Scrafton, whilst Ardie Savea will start at number eight for the first time since his knee surgery late last year.

The Crusaders are yet to play a game in the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition.

Holland says the team is excited to be hosting a derby at home in front of fans.

“We can’t wait to play at our home stadium and are excited to play again in front of our awesome fans. Performing in front of them is a big driver for us this week.”

Hurricanes

15 Chase Tiatia, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 TJ Perenara (co-captain), 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Dane Coles (co-captain), 1 Fraser Armstrong.

Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Ben May, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Scott Scrafton, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Billy Proctor, 23 Kobus van Wyk.

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