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Goodes comes in for 'Canes

16th April 2014 07:04

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Only change: Reggie Goodes

A largely unchanged Hurricanes' starting line-up has been named to face the Blues at Westpac Stadium on Friday.

The only change from the team that faced the Bulls in Napier a fortnight ago, is the inclusion of Reggie Goodes, who comes in at prop for Ben Franks.

Franks has been ruled out with a groin strain, while Brad Shields took a knock to the knee on Monday which has kept him off the team sheet.

Backs Tim Bateman and Chris Smylie return to the reserves after injury spells, while Motu Matu'u, Ardie Savea and Matt Proctor have also been named in the reserves.

Hurricanes: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (c), 12 Alapati Leiua, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Reggie Goodes
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Chris Eves, 18 John Schwalger, 19 Blade Thomson, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Tim Bateman, 23 Matt Proctor

Date: Friday, April 18
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kickoff: 19:35 (local, 07:35 GMT)
Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
TMO: Chris Watt New Zealand

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