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Shields starts for Hurricanes

09th July 2013 19:54

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Brad Shields Hurricanes 2012

Number six: Brad Shields

Blindside flanker Brad Shields will return to the Hurricanes starting XV for Saturday's clash against the Crusaders.

Shields replaces Faifili Levave in the six jersey, who drops to the bench, whilst uncapped players Blade Thomson and Ope Peleseuma are also named amongst the replacements.

Winger Alapati Leiua is bracketed after sustaining a hip injury in last weekend's thrilling 44-49 defeat against the Highlanders, with Matt Proctor in line to replace him should he fail to recover in time.

Proctor's spot amongst the replacements will be taken by Andre Taylor should he be forced to start.

Several stars including All Blacks hooker Dane Coles and Samoa fly-half Tusi Pisi remain unavailable due to injury.

Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Alapati Leiua/Matt Proctor, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Reynold Lee-Lo, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Brad Shields, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben May, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Reggie Goodes, 17 John Schwalger, 18 Blade Thomson, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Ope Peleseuma, 22 Matt Proctor/Andre Taylor.

Date: Saturday, July 13
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Kick-off: 19.35 (07.35 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)

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