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Savea back for Hurricanes

02nd May 2013 06:00

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Julian Savea

Savea: Returns for Hurricanes

The Hurricanes welcome back All Blacks wing Julian Savea to their starting line-up for Saturday's Super Rugby match against the Bulls in Pretoria.

Savea, charged with assaulting his partner late last month, ruled himself out of the Hurricanes' 18-16 loss to the Stormers in Round 11.

The other changes made by coach Mark Hammett sees Tusi Pisi run out in the number 12 jersey in place of Tim Bateman, while Ash Dixon will make his first Super Rugby start with hooker Motu Matu'u out injured.

The Hurricanes will continue a five-two split on the bench this weekend, with changes including the return of both Reggie Goodes and Jack Lam to the matchday 22.

Hurricanes: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (c), 12 Tusi Pisi, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Reggie Goodes, 17 Ben May, 18 Mark Reddish, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Jack Lam, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Tim Bateman.

Date: Saturday, May 4
Kick-off: 19:10 local (18:10 BST, 17:10 GMT)
Venue: Loftus Versfeld
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Attie Buitendag (South Africa)
Television match official: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

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