Nonu moves to midfield for Bulls clash


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The Hurricanes have moved Ma’a Nonu to the midfield and Neemia Tialata has been dropped to the bench for their match against the Bulls this weekend in Pretoria.

Nonu will start at second five-eighth against the Bulls who are the defending champions while Hosea Gear returns on the right wing.

Tane Tuipulotu misses out on the match day 22 completely.

Coach Colin Cooper has named a 5-2 forward-backs split on his reserve bench.

Tialata gave away several needless penalties last weekend, one of which resulted in a yellow card and it is probably due to this that he has been dropped to the bench.

Jeremy Thrush replaces Craig Clarke at lock in the starting line-up.

The Hurricanes opposition, The Bulls have named an unchanged team from the one that lost 14-15 to the Western Force in Perth last weekend.

The Bulls will be desperate to get back to winning ways now that they are back at Loftus after they lost all four matches on their Australasian tour.

Hurricanes Team:

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, Tim Fairbrother, Andrew Hore, John Schwalger.

Reserves: Hikawera Elliot, Neemia Tialata, Jacob Ellison, Craig Clarke, Scott Waldrom, Alby Mathewson, Tamati Ellison.

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