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Highlanders, Hurricanes ready to face off

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 11 May 2011 at 09:38
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The Hurricanes face the Highlanders in a crunch New Zealand derby this weekend, and both teams have made quite a few changes to their lineups. Most notably, the Hurricanes have some returnees from injury in Piri Weepu and Ma’a Nonu, while the Highlanders see five changes, due to injuries and returning players.

Ma’a Nonu has been named straight in the starting line up for the Hurricanes, with Piri Weepu claiming a spot on the bench, after Tyson Keats got a suspension for four weeks. Weepu sees his name in the match 22 for the first time this season after an injury sustained last year ruled him out until now.

The Highlanders have had to replace the in form and influential Adam Thompson after he injured himself against the Chiefs last weekend, along with two backline players in Piutau and Paterson also unavailable through injury.

Highlanders: 1 .Jamie Mackintosh (C), 2. Mo Schwalger,3. Chris King, 4 . Tom Donnelly, 5. Josh Bekhuis, 6.Jarrad Hoeata, 7 . Alando Soakai, 8 .Nasi Manu, 9 . Jimmy Cowan (VC), 10 .Lima Sopoaga, 11 . Telusa Veainu, 12 . Matt Saunders, 13.Kendrick Lynn, 14 . Kade Poki, 15 . Ben Smith

Replacements: 16. Jason Rutledge, 17. Bronson Murray, 18. John Hardie, 19. Nick Crosswell, 20. Aaron Smith, 21. Ben Atiga, 22. Robbie Robinson/Tony Brown

The Highlanders have everything to play for as they have shifted back to mid table after a few bad results and will be desperate to get back into playoff contention.

Hurricanes team : 1. John Schwalger ,2. Andrew Hore (c) ,3. Neemia Tialata ,4. Jason Eaton ,5. James Broadhurst ,6. Faifili Levave ,7. Jack Lam ,8. Victor Vito ,9. Chris Eaton ,10. Aaron Cruden ,11. Hosea Gear ,12. Ma’a Nonu ,13. Jayden Hayward ,14. Alapati Leiua,15. Andre Taylor

Reserves :16. Dane Coles ,17. Anthony Perenise,18. Jeremy Thrush ,19. Mark Reddish ,20. Piri Weepu,21. Julian Savea ,22. Beauden Barrett

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