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Smith back to lead Hurricanes

28th May 2013 18:02


Conrad Smith Hurricanes v Reds 2013

Leader: Conrad Smith

Captain Conrad Smith and hooker Danes Coles will return for the Hurricanes to face the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday.

Joining Smith and Coles in the starting line-up are James Broadhurst and Brad Shields. Reynold Lee-Lo moves in one spot to second five-eighth to make way for Smith at centre.

Ash Dixon will be on the bench as the back-up hooker. Mark Reddish comes into the reserves and will be alongside Faifili Levave who swaps places with Shields this week. Jason Eaton is handed a rest, with James Broadhurst coming into the second row.

"Both Dane and Conrad have recovered well and are looking forward to getting back onto the field for this match," said Hurricanes boss Mark Hammett.

"There were some tough calls this week, but Rey has worked hard in the past few weeks, stepping up in Conrad's absence so he gets another opportunity in the midfield. We also get an opportunity to give James a start with Jeremy in the locking combination. Jason has played a lot of minutes this year and Broady has had some solid performances off the bench."

Despite taking a knock to his knee in training, as long as Jack Lam gets through tomorrow's session, then he will be fit to take his place in the starting line-up for Friday.

Hurricanes: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Reynold Lee-Lo, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito (captain), 7 Jack Lam, 6 Brad Shields 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben May, 2 Dan Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Reggie Goodes, 18 Mark Reddish, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Tusi Pisi, 22 James Marshall.

Time: 19:40 (9:40 GMT)
Venue: Canberra Stadium
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand), Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri (New Zealand)
Television match official: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

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