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Preview: Hawke's Bay v Wellington

09th October 2013 06:43

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Cory Jane ABs training 2013

Starts: Cory Jane

Cory Jane will make his first start on his injury comeback as Wellington look to make it ten wins from ten in 2013 when they take on Hawke's Bay.

Thursday's fixture will be the Lions' final ITM Cup round-robin match for the season brings with it a special milestone for Samoa wing Alapati Leiua.

Lining up on the left wing, Leiua will play his 50th game for the Lions, with the strong player saying the achievement had been a long time coming.

"It means a lot to play 50 games for a team I grew up supporting," he told Wellington's website.

"It's been a tough seven weeks recovering from surgery and getting myself match-fit, but I'm very fortunate and excited to have finally achieved this great milestone."

With a home semi-final already in the bag, the Lions are by no means in relaxation mode as coaches Chris Boyd and Richard Watt have named a fu+ll-strength side.

More to follow...

The teams:

Hawke's Bay: tbc

Wellington: 15 Cory Jane, 14 Joe Hil, 13 Tim Bateman, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 Alapati Leiua, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Tomasi Palu, 8 Victor Vito (capt), 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Kaipati Gaualofa, 4 Mark Reddish, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 Reggie Goodes.
Replacements: 16 John Schwalger, 17 Eric Sione, 18 Api Naikatini, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Genesis Mamea, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Afa Fa'atau.

Date: Thursday, October 10
Kick-off: 19:35 local (08:35 BST, 07:35 GMT)
Venue: McLean Park, Napier
Referee: Glen Jackson

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