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Franks back for Hurricanes

24th April 2014 05:53

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Ben Franks and Ryan Crotty Hurricanes v Crusaders SR 2013

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Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has made just one change to his team for Saturday's clash with the Reds at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

Hammett has named an almost identical team to that which beat the Blues 39-20 last week, with Ben Franks the only change as he makes a return from injury.

This weekend's Anzac match will also be a special one for starting full-back, Andre Taylor. The 26-year-old will bring up 50 matches for the club, and says it's an achievement he can't wait to celebrate.

"This is a special milestone for me, and it's actually one I never thought I'd reach," said Taylor.

"I can't wait to run out onto the park alongside my teammates and make sure we put together another solid performance."

The Hurricanes and the Reds will have the Anzac legacy at the forefront of their minds when they take the field this weekend.

Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith will lead his team out wearing a limited edition, poppy-embroidered jersey, which will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Returned Services Association.

Smith said playing the match on Anzac weekend was a huge honour and he was proud to represent the Hurricanes club on such an important day.

"Being involved in a commemoration such as this, and being able to contribute by doing something that we love, is a huge honour. To see so many different groups come together and recognise the service and sacrifice of the people who went before us will be a huge occasion for not only me, but both teams."

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 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Reggie Goodes, 19 Blade Thomson, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Tim Bateman, 23 Matt Proctor.

Date: Saturday, April 26
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 19.35 local (07.35 GMT)
Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)

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