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Hammett changes his Hurricanes

24th April 2013 07:51

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Hurricanes back Beauden Barrett lining up a kick

Back at 10: Beauden Barrett

TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett return as starting half-backs for the Hurricanes' Super Rugby clash with the Stormers at FMG Stadium.

Barrett is back in the 10 jersey after wearing 15 for the previous two rounds while Perenara was benched last week against the Western Force.

Andre Taylor subsequently comes in at full-back while Matt Proctor starts on the wing in place of All Black finisher Julian Savea, who has decided to sit out the game due to off-field issues.

Up front Victor Vito returns at number eight, forming a strong back-row trio of Karl Lowe and Brad Shields while Jason Eaton returns at lock.

Hurricanes: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (c), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Matt Proctor, 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 Motu Matu'u, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Ben May, 18 Mark Reddish, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Tusi Pisi.

Date: Friday, April 26
Kick-off: 19:35 local (08:35 BST, 07:35 GMT)
Venue: FMG Stadium, Palmerston North
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri (New Zealand)
Television match official: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)

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