Hurricanes head coach John Plumtree has made just two changes to the starting XV to face the Jaguares in the Round 14 Super Rugby match at Westpac Stadium on Friday night.
The experienced James Marshall will start at fly-half in the absence of Beauden Barrett who is on the second of his All Black rest weeks while Du’Plessis Kirifi will start at openside flanker.
Marshall, who will make his 49th appearance for the Hurricanes, has impressed off the bench after returning from the shoulder injury he suffered in round one and gives the side maturity in a pivotal position.
Kirifi’s inclusion sees Ardie Savea move to number eight with Reed Prinsep unavailable after he suffered a bad cut to his face in the Hurricanes 22-12 win over the Blues last round.
There are four changes to the bench from last week with Heiden Bedwell-Curtis providing loose forward cover, prop Chris Eves replaces an injured Fraser Armstrong while Fletcher Smith and Salesi Rayasi come into the match-day squad.
Plumtree was impressed with the overall work of the whole squad at Eden Park and the impact they got off the bench against a really physical Blues side.
“We are expecting the same sort of physical challenge from the Jaguares, who showed last year and last week against the Highlanders that they can perform really well in New Zealand,” he said.
“They also play a really entertaining style of rugby and are prepared to use the ball from anywhere on the field so our defence is going to have to be really good again this week.
“We really want to end this block of five games on a high in front of our fans and head into the bye week in good shape.”
Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 James Marshall, 9 TJ Perenara (c), 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Toby Smith
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Kane Le’aupepe, 20 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Salesi Rayasi
Date: Friday, May 17
Venue: Westpac Stadium
Kick-off: 19:35 local (08:35 BST, 07:35 GMT)
Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
TMO: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)