Eves gets first start against Sharks
Wellington - Loosehead prop Chris Eves will
start his first Super Rugby match when the Hurricanes take on the Sharks at
Westpac Stadium on Saturday.
According to the Hurricanes' official
website, the 27-year-old Manawatu front-ranker has played 21 matches for the 'Canes, but this will be his
first time running onto the park in the starting XV, with coach Chris Boyd
giving Reggie Goodes a break from starting duties.
Eves is one of a number of changes to this
week’s Hurricanes side which includes a returning Victor Vito, who has been out
with a calf injury. Boyd has also opted to rest wing Julian Savea and scrumhalf
TJ Perenara, with Matt Proctor and Chris
Smylie coming into the line-up.
New Zealand Under-20 vice captain, Otere
Black, has returned from the Oceania Rugby Junior Championship to take a spot
on the bench.
Hooker Dane Coles was unavailable for
selection this week after suffering a calf strain in the team’s match against the
Crusaders last week.
Kick-off for Saturday’s clash at Westpac
Stadium is scheduled for 09:35 (SA time).
15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Cory Jane, 13
Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Matt Proctor, 10 James Marshall, 9
Chris Smylie, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Blade Thomson, 5 James
Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 Chris Eves.
Substitutes: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17
Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18 Reggie Goodes, 19 Callum Gibbins, 20 Brad Shields, 21
Frae Wilson, 22 Otere Black, 23 Rey Lee-Lo
15. Lwazi Mvovo, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. JP
Pietersen, 12. Frans Steyn, 11. S'bura Sithole, 10. Lionel Cronje, 9. Stefan
Ungerer, 8. Renaldo Bothma, 7. Etienne Oosthuizen, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Marco
Wentzel (captain), 4. Stephan Lewies, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du
Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16. Franco Marais, 17. Dale
Chadwick, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Mouritz Botha, 20. Kyle Cooper, 21. Conrad
Hoffmann, 22. Andre Esterhuizen, 23. Waylon Murray