150-up for Nonu against Stormers
Wellington - Hurricanes midfielder Ma'a Nonu will join an elite club of four when he runs out against the Stormers at Westpac Stadium on Friday.
According to the Hurricanes’ official website, the match will be Nonu’s 150th Super Rugby game, with 114 of those being played as a member of the Hurricanes.
During his time with the 'Canes from 2003-2011, and again this year, he has accumulated 215 points for the team, made up of 43 tries. The 32-year-old joins Keven Mealamu, Corey Flynn, and Nathan Sharpe in the 150 club.
This week's Hurricanes side includes the return of All Blacks Beauden Barrett, Julian Savea and Ben Franks, while Nehe Milner-Skudder also comes back into the starting line-up at fullback.
Loose forward Blade Thomson continues to recover from a head knock, while Dane Coles was also unavailable for selection due to the elbow injury he suffered against the Blues.
Friday’s clash is scheduled to kick off at 08:35 (SA time).
15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 Reggie Goodes
Substitutes: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Ben May, 18 Chris Eves, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Adam Hill, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Rey Lee-Lo, 23 James Marshall
15. Cheslin Kolbe, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Dillyn Leyds, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7. Schalk Burger, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Manuel Carizza, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Vincent Koch, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Bongi Mbonambi, 17. Oli Kebble, 18. Frans Malherbe, 19. Ruan Botha, 20. Michael Rhodes, 21. Louis Schreuder, 22. Kurt Coleman, 23. Huw Jones