Cape Town - Canterbury flank Reed Prinsep has been called up to the
Hurricanes starting XV for Saturday's clash with the Crusaders in
Kick-off is at 09:35 SA time.
Prinsep, who made his Super Rugby debut for the Crusaders last year,
will start at blindside flank against his former team with Brad Shields
shifting to No 8 for the first time this season.
There is one other change to the side that started against the
Stormers in Wellington last Friday with loosehead prop Chris Eves
switching roles with Ben May, who takes his place among the reserves.
Prinsep's elevation to the run-on team represents his fourth start of
2017, but first in the number six jersey, and means Ardie Savea returns
to openside flank in a new look loose trio.
Prinsep played a single match for the Crusaders - against the Chiefs - last season before being signed by the Hurricanes.
There are a further three personnel changes in the reserves where
prop Loni Uhila returns after an eight week, six-match absence caused by
a persistent calf injury.
Uhila's only other appearance this season was during the Round 3 loss
to the Chiefs in Hamilton where he lasted only a few minutes before
re-injuring the calf that had kept him out of the opening two rounds.
Uhila's return sees Mike Kainga drop out of the matchday 23, while
lock Sam Lousi returns in place of James Blackwell, and Wes Goosen takes
over from Ben Lam as the outside back cover.
Finally, Taranaki loose forward Toa Halafihi comes into the squad for
Callum Gibbins who was unavailable for selection after injuring his
shoulder against the Stormers.
Saturday's match will be the 30th time the Hurricanes have played the
Crusaders, who hold a 17-10 advantage in the rivalry, with two draws.
However, the Hurricanes have enjoyed an edge in recent seasons,
winning four of the last five matches between the clubs, the last being a
35-10 victory in Christchurch last year.
The Hurricanes have won eight of nine matches to sit third on the New
Zealand Conference ladder behind the conference leading Crusaders, who
are unbeaten through 10 matches this season, and the Chiefs.
15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11
George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Jordan Taufua,
7 Matt Todd (captain), 6 Pete Samu, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen
Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Quinten
Strange, 20 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11
Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Brad Shields, 7
Ardie Savea, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery
To'omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Chris Eves
Substitutes: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Ben May, 18 Loni Uhila, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Toa
Halafihi, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Wes Goosen