Hurricanes century for Thrush

Date published: April 16 2015

Another player century will be celebrated in the Hurricanes camp this weekend, while a new record may also work its way into the books.

Jeremy Thrush is set to bring up 100 matches on Saturday afternoon, having played the Waratahs in his debut match seven years and 61 days ago.

The lock, who will also celebrate his 30th birthday on Sunday, has contributed 45 points during his time in black and yellow, and will become the seventh Hurricane to reach the milestone.

Fly-half Beauden Barrett is also edging closer to becoming the top Hurricanes point scorer of all time, needing just 10 points to break the record set by David Holwell in 2006 of 676 points.

Chris Boyd has named a similar starting side to that which faced the Stormers two weeks ago, with the inclusion of Ardie Savea who returns from a finger injury.

Injury has ruled out Victor Vito and Chris Smylie (both calves), while Blade Thomson (concussion), and Dane Coles (elbow) also remain unavailable.

Hurricanes: 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (c), 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Brad Shields, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Callum Gibbins, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 Reggie Goodes
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18 Chris Eves, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Adam Hill, 21 Frae Wilson, 22 Rey Lee-Lo, 23 James Marshall

Date: Saturday, April 18
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 16:30 local (14:30 AEST, 06:30 SAST, 04:30 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Referees: Shane McDermott, Jamie Nutbrown
TMO: Glenn Newman