Canes name side to face Blues

February 20, 2013
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The Hurricanes are set to host the Blues in their season opener this Saturday night at Westpac Stadium.

The line-up for the Hurricanes has a consistent look from their 2012 squad, with few changes to note. Ben Franks will make his debut in Hurricanes colours at loosehead prop, meanwhile Ben May will take the tighthead side with Reggie Goodes on the bench. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen has been side-lined due to a head knock he received at the pre-season match in Mangatainoka but will be re-assessed early next week. Alapati Leiua steps into the right wing spot with Cory Jane out for the season. Matt Proctor also received a head knock that has ruled him out this weekend.

On the bench will be three possible new caps, with Ash Dixon the back-up hooker, James Marshall in as utility back in the 21 jersey, and Reynold Lee-Lo a midfield option in number 22.

Not considered for selection this week due to injury includes Samisoni Fisilau (hamstring), Jack Lam (knee), Motu Matu’u (pectoral), Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (head knock), Matt Proctor (head knock) and Eric Sione (shoulder).

The Hurricanes team is as follows:

  1. Ben Franks
  2. Dane Coles
  3. Ben May
  4. Jeremy Thrush
  5. Jason Eaton
  6. Victor Vito
  7. Karl Lowe
  8. Brad Shields
  9. TJ Perenara
  10. Beauden Barrett
  11. Julian Savea
  12. Tim Bateman
  13. Conrad Smith (c)
  14. Alapati Leiua
  15. Andre Taylor

RESERVES

  1. Ash Dixon
  2. Reggie Goodes
  3. Mark Reddish
  4. Faifili Levave
  5. Chris Smylie
  6. James Marshall
  7. Reynold Lee-Lo

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