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    Hurricanes name stars for Lions

    2015-02-11 10:32

    Cape Town - The Hurricanes have named all their fit and available All Blacks in their starting line-up for their opening 2015 Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Lions at Emirates Airline Park on Friday.

    Kick-off is at 19:10.

    Beauden Barrett will start at flyhalf, with Julian Savea (wing) and captain Conrad Smith (centre) providing added firepower among the backs.

    Up front, Ben Franks and Dan Coles will provide firepower in the front row.

    The 'Canes suffered a late blow when lock Jeremy Thrush returned home to New Zealand with a calf injury. In addition, star centre Ma'a Nonu only arrives in South Africa on Thursday following the birth of his third child.

    Teams:

    Lions

    15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Ruan Combrinck, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Howard Mnisi, 11. Courtnall Skosan, 10. Marnitz Boshoff, 9. Ross Cronje, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Derick Minnie, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Martin Muller, 3. Ruan Dreyer, 2. Malcolm Marx, 1. Schalk van der Merwe

    Substitutes: 16. Armand van der Merwe, 17. Corne Fourie, 18. Jacques van Rooyen, 19. Robert Kruger, 20. Warwick Tecklenburg, 21. Faf de Klerk, 22. Elton Jantjies, 23. Stokkies Hanekom

    Hurricanes

    15 Jason Woodward, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Rey Le-Lo, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dan Coles, 1 Ben Franks

    Substitutes: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Reggie Goodes, 18 Chris Eves, 19 Callum Gibbins, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 James Marshall, 23 Matt Proctor

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