Jerry Collins won't be far from the Hurricanes players' thoughts when they take the field in Saturday's Super Rugby semi-final.
The long-time Hurricanes flanker was tragically killed in a car accident in France at the beginning of June.
His initials will be embroidered on each of the players' shirts for this weekend's game with the Brumbies as the Hurricanes come into the contest with emotions running high.
"It's something real and it affects individuals in different ways," Conrad Smith told the Dominion Post.
"There's a lot swirling around this team at the moment with what's happened over the last few weeks but you've got to be careful the way you play with those emotions.
"The winner won't be who deserves it. It's just who plays the best rugby on Saturday night."
Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd added that Collins' memory would give the side an extra kick of motivation before kick-off.
"Emotion is part of performance, but it can also cloud your performance so you have to keep clear heads and make good decisions," said Boyd.
"We'll carry Jerry into the game as we did last week and the week before. It's a tragedy he's no longer with us, but he'll certainly give us some momentum, particularly in our D [defence]."