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Bateman, Taylor start for 'Canes

26th March 2014 06:19

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Experience: Tim Bateman

Hurricanes midfielder Tim Bateman will return to the field on Friday after being sidelined with a knee injury for six weeks.

Hurricanes assistant coach Alama Ieremia said Bateman's experience would be an important addition to the team when they take on the Crusaders in Round Seven of Super Rugby.

"His on-field leadership will certainly help the team this weekend. Tim's worked hard at getting himself ready and he's excited to be back in the line-up," said Ieremia.

Bateman slots into a backline that is largely unchanged from the Hurricanes encounter with the Highlanders last week, however, full-back Andre Taylor has claimed a spot in the starting fifteen.

Number eight Blade Thomson returns to the starting line-up following an injury spell last week, while lock James Broadhurst retains his position after a strong performance last week.

Cory Jane was unavailable for selection due to an ankle injury.

Hurricanes: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (c), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Chris Eves, 18 John Schwalger, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Matt Proctor, 23 Marty Banks.

Date: Friday, March 28
Venue: AMI Stadium
Kickoff: 19:35 (local, 06:35 GMT)
Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: Chris Watt (New Zealand)

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